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Five most likely squad numbers for Manchester United’s new signings this season



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Manchester United signed seven players for Erik ten Hag this 2023 transfer window, with four arriving on deadline day.

The summer transfer window is always one that causes chaos amongst all fanbases, with deadline day proving to be quite the 23 hours for Erik ten Hag and Manchester United.

The club signed three new players and extended the contract of one more, with Altay Bayındır, Sofyan Amrabat, and Sergio Reguilón joining and Jonny Evans extending his short-term contract to a one-year deal.

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Beyond that, the club also signed Mason Mount, André Onana, and Rasmus Højlund, with five of these seven players yet to be assigned a shirt number.

Here, we take a look at the most likely number each player is set to receive for the 2023/24 season

Altay Bayındır – #1

New goalkeeper Bayındır signed on deadline day from Fenerbache for a fee of £4.3 million, replacing Dean Henderson as the No. 2 goalkeeper after the Englishman secured a move to Crystal Palace.

It may be a bit of a unique case for the backup goalkeeper to have the No. 1 shirt, but as André Onana has already selected the No. 24, it would be weirder for the club to not have a No. 1 than to have the number being worn by the second choice.

Sergio Reguilón – #3

Reguilón has been drafted into the Manchester United squad as an emergency deadline-day signing after Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia, the current left-backs at the club, both suffered long-term injuries.

With Eric Bailly set to leave the club this summer, the No. 3 shirt has become available, and could well be taken up by the Spaniard. Another number which he may choose could be the No. 15.

Sofyan Amrabat – #4

Sofyan Amrabat’s name has been on the lips of United fans for the entirety of the transfer window – he was linked to the club across all 83 days, and United finally secured their man in the final hours of Friday evening.

Amrabat has worn the No. 34 kit for the last five seasons at Hellas Verona and Fiorentina, but as Phil Jones left the club this summer, he could upgrade to No. 4 – a number he has worn for Morocco for the past two seasons.

Rasmus Højlund – #11

Højlund has arrived as Manchester United’s new first-choice striker, on a deal worth initially £65 million from Italian club Atalanta.

As a raw 20-year-old, he has the potential to become the new deadly spearhead at United, and after Mason Greenwood’s departure on loan to Getafe, the No. 11 shirt is now available, and could well be taken by Højlund.

Many thought he would get the No. 17 top, but this has now been occupied by Alejandro Garnacho for the coming season.

Jonny Evans – #27

Last but not least, Evans has extended his short-term contract at the club. After signing a deal initially just until the end of August to help in pre-season, he has now put pen to paper on a new one-year deal.

Throughout pre-season, Evans wore the No. 27 shirt and is expected to continue in it for the 2023/24 campaign.