Manchester United announce surprise shirt numbers for four of their new signings

The Red Devils have confirmed the latest squad numbers

Manchester United have announced shirt numbers for three of their deadline day signings, plus fellow summer addition Rasmus Hojlund ahead of their clash with Arsenal.

The Red Devils were incredibly busy in the final days of the transfer window, and announced the arrivals of four new players, three of whom could make their debuts against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.

To that end, they have been given their squad numbers, with new shot-stopper Altay Bayindir handed the no.1 shirt which had previously belonged to David de Gea, while emergency signing Sergi Reguilon was given the number 15, which was worn by Marcel Sabitzer during his loan spell at Old Trafford last season.

Jonny Evans, another emergency addition, was handed no.35 while there was also a long-awaited shirt number reveal for ex-Atalanta striker Hojlund, who joined the club back in July.

It had been widely reported that Hojlund was going to take the no.17 shirt which Fred had vacated earlier in the transfer window, but he has instead been handed the no.11 shirt, last worn by Mason Greenwood, who has joined Getafe on loan and is not expected to play for the Red Devils again following his sexual assault case and widespread backlash to his return.

In something of a surprise it is Alejandro Garnacho who has been named Manchester United’s new no.17, reflecting his renewed importance in Erik ten Hag’s plans.

Hojlund, who has struggled with a back injury since his arrival at Manchester United, is expected to be handed his first Red Devils start start at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with Ten Hag confirming that he is now back in contention.

“We had a good training week and tomorrow we have the final training,’ Ten Hag said.

‘He is doing well so he will be available. I think he is ready to start.’

Last-gasp loanee Sofyan Amrabat has not been handed a shirt number yet, but could take the no.4 shirt that he wears for Morocco, which was vacated by Phil Jones at the end of last season. Alternatively, he could also wear the no.34 he donned at Fiorentina should Donny van de Beek depart before the end of the summer window.

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