Manchester United signed Rasmus Hojlund from Serie A side Atalanta earlier this month for £64m plus £8m in ad-ons.
However, United’s most expensive signing of the summer did not have a shirt number revealed at the time.
United confirmed their shirt numbers for the season earlier this week, but Hojlund was a curious omission.
The club explained: “New signing Rasmus Hojlund has not yet been given a number as he works to reach match fitness following his arrival from Atalanta. The centre-forward’s number will be confirmed in due course.
“Others will start the season in their existing numbers, but with the possibility of change after the transfer window closes when it will be clear which other numbers in the squad are vacant.
“Fans are urged to consider this risk when buying numbered replica jerseys in the next few weeks. Most numbers will remain unchanged from the list submitted to the Premier League on Thursday.”
But it appears that Hojlund was waiting for one United star to leave before making his pick, as he wanted Fred’s No17 shirt.
Hojlund wore the No.17 jersey at previous club Atalanta, and Fred is set to join Fenerbahce in a deal worth around £13 million, leaving the number free for Hojlund.