Antony and Dubravka shirt numbers revealed

Saturday 03 September 2022 14:00

Manchester United can now confirm which shirt numbers will be worn by Antony and Martin Dubravka, the two players we signed on deadline day at the end of the summer 2022 transfer window.

Brazilian winger Antony will wear 21 following his permanent transfer from Ajax, while Slovakian goalkeeper Dubravka will have 31 on his back during his season-long loan from Newcastle United.

Antony #21 and Dubravka #31 shirt options are now available to purchase at United Direct. Simply use the custom fields to personalise your shirt with their name and number.
The announcement comes on the eve of the Reds' clash with Premier League rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford, this Sunday afternoon at 16:30 BST. Both of our new arrivals will be eligible to play in that eagerly anticipated fixture.

A further opportunity to perform in front of the home fans will swiftly follow when Real Sociedad visit Manchester for our Europa League opener next Thursday, 8 September at 20:00 BST. Tickets for that game are available now to Official Members.

Antony will be the fourth South American player to wear the number 21 shirt for United, after Edinson Cavani (2021/22), Rafael da Silva (2008/09 to 2011/12) and Diego Forlan (2001/02 to 2004/05).

It was last worn by Uruguayan legend Cavani, in the second of his two campaigns at Old Trafford. The prolific striker initially wore number 7 for the Reds but he relinquished this when Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the club a few weeks into last season.

United's other number 21s include Chinese striker Fangzhou Dong (2006/07 to 2007/08), Treble winner Henning Berg (1997/98 to 2000/01) and its first occupant, Northern Irish defender Pat McGibbon.

Slovakian stopper Martin is the second goalkeeper to wear 31 for United, after Nick Culkin in the 1998/99 and 1999/2000 campaigns.

Culkin famously only played 30 seconds of competitive football for the Reds, when he came on as an injury-time substitute for Raimond van der Gouw in our August 1999 victory at Arsenal in the Premier League and took a goal kick. 

The shirt number has been more strongly associated with central midfielders, as Nemanja Matic (2017/18 to 2021/22), Bastian Schweinsteiger (2015/16 to 2016/17) and Marouane Fellaini (2013/14 to 2014/15) are the three most recent occupants. Darren Fletcher (2001/02 to 2002/03) and David Jones (2003/04 to 2004/05) also wore it in that area of the team.

Other players who have worn it include defenders Scott Wootton (2012/13), Corry Evans (2010/11), John Curtis (1996/97 to 1997/98) and, during a short temporary stint at Old Trafford, William Prunier (1995/96). Our first 31 after squad numbers were introduced in 1993/94 was the winger Keith Gillespie (also 1994/95).

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