Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Number's Up for the New Man in Midfield

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Number's Up for the New Man in Midfield

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FRED could inherit the number 16 shirt at United following his £52m move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The number was vacated in May when Michael Carrick retired, having donned it for 12 years. Former United captain Roy Keane wore the 16 for the same amount of time.

Right-back signing Diogo Dalot could get the number 22, a number which would reflect his position and previously worn by converted full-back John O'Shea. Paul Scholes received 22 for 18 months following his comeback in January 2012 and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sported it during his year-and-a-half.

United target Willian wears 22 for Chelsea and could claim the same number should he reunite with Jose Mourinho in the summer transfer window. Antoine Griezmann's decision to stay with Atletico Madrid a year ago left the number seven vacant until Alexis Sanchez arrived in January. …

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