Revealed: Martinez’s squad number

Thursday 28 July 2022 11:30

New signing Lisandro Martinez’s Manchester United squad number can now be revealed.

The Argentina international, who completed his move from Ajax on Wednesday, will sport the no.6 on the back of his shirt this season. 

And United fans could get a first glimpse of Martinez in action with his fresh jersey this weekend, with United taking on Atletico Madrid on Saturday and Rayo Vallecano on Sunday – both of which will be shown live in the United App.

Prior to becoming a Red, Martinez wore the no.21 shirt during his three years at Ajax.

When joining the Amsterdam club in the summer of 2019, the no.6 – whether it was his preference or not – was actually occupied by his now-United team-mate Donny van de Beek, before former Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen took it upon Donny’s move to Manchester. 

Martinez has previously had the no.6 while at Defensa y Justicia, along with the no.24. At first club Newell’s Old Boys, he wore 14.
The 24-year-old is set to become the eighth permanent holder of the jersey at United since squad numbers were introduced in 1993/94. 

Gary Pallister was the first to don the number on a regular basis for United and did so right up until his departure in 1998. 

From one United legend to another, Jaap Stam then inherited the digit in that summer and wore it for four seasons before Laurent Blanc and Rio Ferdinand both sported it for a season each. 

Wes Brown is the longest permanent possessor of the shirt, wearing it between 2003 and 2011, while more recently Jonny Evans and Paul Pogba have had it on their United kits for four and six years respectively. 

Martinez signs for United


The Reds complete the transfer of Argentina international Lisandro Martinez.

It is also worth noting that Mike Phelan has worn the no.6 for United since 1993, although not on a permanent basis. 

Nani too has sported the number in that time, during the 2008 Manchester derby at Old Trafford in which both sides had special memorial kits as the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster was commemorated. 
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Supporters can now purchase United’s new home and away shirt for the 2022/23 season with ‘Martinez 6’ printing.

You can get yours from United Direct.