Manchester United announces squad numbers as Marcos Rojo changes to No. 16 of Michael Carrick … and 5 remains free for the January signing?
- Manchester United released its squad numbers for the new season on Friday
- The team of José Mourinho faces Leicester City in the first game of the Premier League
- Marcos Rojo changed to No. 16, which leaves No. 5 vacant to sign in January
Nathan Salt for Mailonline
Manchester United has published their squad numbers for the new season with shirt n. ° 5, vacated by Marcos Rojo, suggesting a defensive arrival in January.
The boss José Mourinho was exasperated because the club did not get him a new center this summer despite the searches of Jerome Boateng, Harry Maguire, Diego Godin and Toby Alderweireld.
It is likely that Rojo's change, which seems to be a day of delay over the lack of new faces, has been a personal choice since he uses n. ° 16 for Argentina.
Manchester United has published their squad numbers for the season with the n. ° 5 left vacant
Marcos Rojo has changed to n. ° 16, which leaves n. ° 5 for a possible signature in January
Formerly the number has been taken by midfielder Michael Carrick, but after his retirement and move to the coaching staff, the number has been released.
Matteo Darmian, who could still leave the club before the end of the month, originally stayed out of the original list, but it seems to have been an administrative error, since it was later added.
The Italian could appear in the league's opening game on Friday night with concerns about the fitness of newcomer Diogo Dalot and veteran Antonio Valencia.
Darmian was not initially on the squad list, but it was added and could start on Friday night
Darmian has been discussed with a return to Serie A for most of the summer with Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli, all interested, but United now has no reason to sell unless the price is right .
The new right back Dalot takes the shirt n. ° 20, which means that substitute goalkeeper Sergio Romero passes to n. 22. The third-choice goalkeeper, Lee Grant, will wear n. ° 13.
Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah went on loan at the summer window, but they still received an assigned number as they took the n. ° 38 and n. ° 24, respectively.