May 13, 2021

Man Utd


The shirt numbers available to Sancho if he completes Man United transfer

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Manchester United might make a fourth attempt to sign Jadon Sancho this summer.

While a new striker and centre-back are priority targets ahead of what is set to be an eventful summer for United, a right-winger remains on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wish-list.

Borussia Dortmund star Sancho is the ideal target for the position and M.E.N. Sport understands that United are not ruling out making a move for the England international.

The 21-year-old was United’s top target last summer but the club eventually pulled out of negotiations after failing to reach agreements with the player’s representatives and Dortmund.

Yet, they may make another attempt to sign Sancho in the summer as his value has dropped due to the pandemic, his personal form and Dortmund’s struggles in the league, with a Champions League spot looking unlikely.

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With United possessing such a big squad Sancho would be a little starved for choice for squad numbers if he arrived at Old Trafford but here are his current options…


The first squad number that would currently be available for Sancho is the No.12, with 1-11 all already snapped up.

No.12 has been vacant since Chris Smalling made his loan move to Italian side Roma permanent last summer.


Jesse Lingard’s No.14 has been left free since the forward joined West Ham United on loan in January.

The England international has been in scintillating form for the Hammers but with only a year remaining on his contract, it seems unlikely that he will stay at United next summer, with West Ham keen on a permanent move.

So the No.14 may remain an option for Sancho, who has worn the number at Under-19 level for England.


No.15 has also been vacated by a player going out on loan, with Andreas Pereira spending a year at Lazio.

The Brazilian has struggled for minutes in Italy, however, and reports suggests that Lazio aren’t keen on making the switch permanent. So the No.15 may be taken again come the summer.

Nemanja Vidic is the most famous United wearer of the shirt.


Marcos Rojo’s January switch to Boca Juniors means the No.16 is free again for the first time since 2018.

The number has previously been worn by club greats Michael Carrick and Roy Keane, while Sancho has also donned the shirt for Manchester City’s Under-18s.

Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund


The No.20 has been left free this year due to Diogo Dalot’s loan move to AC Milan.

Robin van Persie and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have both brought fame to the shirt at Old Trafford.


Sergio Romero currently wears the No.22 but he is to be released by the club in the summer, leaving it free.

Sancho wore the number on his senior debut for England so it could make for a nice sentimental choice for the forward.


The No.24 is free following Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s move to Bayer Leverkusen.

United’s technical director Darren Fletcher is the most noteworthy former wearer of the number.


Odion Ighalo returned to parent club Shanghai Shenhua in January which in turn vacated the No.25.

Former club captain Antonio Valencia made the number his own and it has also been worn by Nick Powell, Quinton Fortune and Jordi Cruyff.

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Sancho has worn the No.7 for his entire senior club career at Dortmund and it appeared at one stage that the number was being saved for him after Alexis Sanchez’s departure.

Veteran striker Edinson Cavani took the jersey upon his arrival last summer, however, but it appears that his stint at the club may be a short one.

Although talks are ongoing, United have yet to trigger the one-year extension in the Uruguayan’s contract with speculation suggesting he could return to South America in the summer.

If Cavani does depart then Sancho will be free to take the No.7.

Once past the No.30 more and more shirts become available but those higher numbers are usually reserved for youth-team players or are numbers chosen for sentimental reasons, such as Donny van de Beek picking the No.34 in tribute to his former Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri last summer.

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