New squad numbers for four players
Four of Manchester United’s young players have changed their squad numbers ahead of the 2023/24 season.
The Reds’ full list for the new term won’t be confirmed until later in the summer, but Kobbie Mainoo, Matej Kovar, Alvaro Fernandez and Dan Gore will all be wearing different shirts going forward.
Mainoo made his senior debut against Charlton Athletic in January wearing no.73, with the homegrown midfielder going on to win the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award.
The 18-year-old has been given the no.37 shirt, previously occupied by recent Under-21 European Championship winner James Garner, ahead of the new campaign.
Goalkeeper Kovar won the league while on loan at Sparta Prague last season and the Czech youth international moves from no.40 to no.38.
That number was vacated by Axel Tuanzebe, following his release at the end of June.
Fernandez also impressed while out on loan, as the Spaniard won Preston North End’s Young Player of the Year prize for his stellar contributions at Deepdale.
The full-back has swapped no.74 for no.42, the figure which was sported by Paul Pogba when he first appeared for the club back in 2011.
The final change concerns Gore, who was last season’s Denzil Haroun Reserve-Team Player of the Year.
The midfielder, who was involved in last winter’s training camp in Spain, fills the vacant no.44 shirt, after previously wearing no.71.
Last week it was announced that summer signing Mason Mount would be our new no.7. The former Chelsea man follows the likes of Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo in sporting the iconic jersey, since the Premier League introduced squad numbers in 1993.
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UPDATED SQUAD NUMBERS
Kobbie Mainoo – 37
Matej Kovar – 38
Alvaro Fernandez – 42
Dan Gore – 44
The confirmation of the full list of shirt numbers for 2023/24 will be published at a later date.