David De Gea.

Shirt number changes for Reds at Euro 2020

Thursday 17 June 2021 11:52

Of the 11 Manchester United players currently competing at Euro 2020, only three are wearing the same shirt number as they hold at Old Trafford.

The majority are performing with a different number on their back to the one we are used to seeing when they turn out for the Reds in the domestic season.

David De Gea (1), Paul Pogba (6) and Diogo Dalot (20), who was a late addition to the Portugal squad, are the trio in question.

Our England contingent have all changed - Marcus Rashford is no.11 after starring in no.10 for United, Harry Maguire is 6, rather than 5, and Luke Shaw is a more conventional no.3 instead of his usual 23 at Old Trafford.

Dean Henderson was 13, half of his 26 squad number with the Reds, before pulling out of the tournament due to a hip problem and being replaced by Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Bruno Fernandes has excelled in the no.18 for United since arriving from Sporting but he is wearing no.11 for Portugal and operating in a wider role to where we usually see him play for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

Scott McTominay told us recently he has never even had a discussion about moving from no.39 with his boyhood club but he has taken no.4 with Scotland, perhaps a nod to the fact that he is used in midfield or as part of a back three on occasions.

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McTominay has responded, after loads of fans sent in questions asking if he plans to change his shirt number.

Daniel James has nudged from 21 to 20 with Wales, which is the same number Dalot is wearing at the tournament and, coincidentally, so would Donny van de Beek but for injury denying him the opportunity to play for the Netherlands.

Dan's team-mate Dylan Levitt is at 23 (he is still allocated 63 with the Reds after being on loan at Istra in Croatia) while Victor Lindelof is our remaining representative and, intriguingly, is another who has had a minor alteration. Our no.2 is in the no.3 slot for Sweden, even though he now plays centre-half after playing full-back earlier in his career.

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Of course, this is nothing new in major tournaments. Bryan Robson was a famous no.7 for the Reds but was in no.16 when starring for England at the 1982 World Cup, with Kevin Keegan in the seven shirt. Steve Coppell wore no.5, which may seem strange as he played on the wing, until you learn that the Three Lions assigned numbers alphabetically at the time, with Keegan and the goalkeepers the exception to the rule.

Another player to have adorned the no.7 with style at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo, took no.17 at Euro 2004 because Luis Figo had the prized number.

Incidentally, Wayne Rooney was no.9 for England in those finals, before he joined United and was handed no.8, switching to no.10 after three seasons.