What number will Eriksen wear?

Thursday 28 July 2022 12:30

Christian Eriksen’s Manchester United squad number can now be revealed.

The Danish international was officially unveiled as a Red earlier this week, after joining as a free agent on a three-year deal.

Eriksen will hope to be involved in this weekend’s friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. Both games will be shown live on the United App, ManUtd.com and MUTV.

Ahead of those matches, where we hope the 30-year-old can be seen in action for United for the first time, we can confirm that Eriksen will wear the no.14 shirt during the 2022/23 season.

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Our new playmaker is eager to walk out at the Theatre of Dreams as a Red for the first time.

It will be the first time Christian has sported that particular number during his club career – he was no.8 for the majority of his time at Ajax and wore no.23 at Tottenham Hotspur.

Eriksen was given the no.24 for his two-year stint with Internazionale and took the no.21 during his half-season spell at Brentford earlier this year.

Our new midfielder succeeds Jesse Lingard in the no.14 shirt – the Academy product vacated the number this summer, meaning it was free for the first time since 2016.

Lingard made 191 appearances in the shirt, scoring 29 goals.

Aside from Jesse, another notable no.14 wearer was Javier Hernandez, with the Mexican international netting 59 times in 157 games for United.

Zoran Tosic briefly wore no.14 in 2008/09, while Alan Smith, Tim Howard, David May and the late Andy Goram have also sported it during games this century.

Jordi Cruyff emulated his famous father Johan – who made the no.14 famous during his time with Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands – by taking the shirt when signing in 1996, a year after Andrei Kanchelskis vacated it.

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The flying winger was our first regular wearer of the no.14 upon the introduction of squad numbers and it must have been lucky for him in 1994/95, as he finished as United’s top scorer in all competitions.

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