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What shirt number will Jadon Sancho wear at Man Utd?

Sporting News logo Sporting News 3 days ago Ryan Kelly

Jadon Sancho's transfer to Manchester United is now complete, with the Red Devils forking out £73 million ($101m) to Borussia Dortmund for the England international.

It means a former Manchester City youth prospect will soon be strutting his stuff in the famous red jersey of the other side of the city divide.

But what shirt number will he be wearing when he does? Goal takes a look at the possibilities, the options available as well as Sancho's squad number history.

What shirt number will Jadon Sancho wear at Man Utd?

Sancho will wear the No. 25 jersey at Manchester United. The club confirmed the new signing's shirt digits shortly after the deal was completed.

He had been tipped to take the famous No. 7 jersey but it is currently worn by Edinson Cavani.

As such, Sancho has been forced to compromise by wearing a number he has never donned before, though the digits of No. 25 do add up to No. 7 (2+5=7).

It is possible that Sancho will eventually take the No. 7 jersey when Cavani moves on and it has been discussed.

"I say give him the shirt," said Louis Lancaster, who worked with Sancho during the winger's time with the Watford youth team, while speaking on the Stretford Paddock YouTube channel. 

"I don't think it would faze him. I think actually he'd be a better player for having that shirt, because of the pressure.

"Some players choke and some people get a bit more, 10 per cent [under pressure]."

a man standing on a court: Jadon Sancho Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund © Provided by Sporting News Jadon Sancho Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund

The No. 7 jersey holds a special place in Manchester United folklore and the weight of expectation associated with the number is down to its legendary wearers through history.

Cristiano Ronaldo made the No. 7 his own at Old Trafford and soon incorporated it into his global brand, but Ronaldo merely followed in the footsteps of David Beckham, who inherited it from Eric Cantona.

Though he also wore other numbers - in an era when squad numbers were not so fixed - George Best is often associated with the No. 7, as is Bryan Robson.

Not all who have worn Manchester United's No. 7 have thrived, however. 

Antonio Valencia notably ditched the No. 7 in order to revert to his lucky No. 25, while a succession of stars have wilted while wearing it, including Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez.

a man standing on a baseball field: Jadon Sancho Gareth Southgate England Euro 2020 © Provided by Sporting News Jadon Sancho Gareth Southgate England Euro 2020

What shirt numbers are available to Jadon Sancho at Man Utd?

The Manchester United No. 7 jersey is not free, since Edinson Cavani is wearing it. While it is not unknown for players to change numbers, the Uruguayan is hanging onto it for now.

Sancho's options when it comes to shirt numbers at United were, therefore, limited.

Some of the numbers that were free at Manchester United when Sancho signed were No. 12, No. 16, No. 22, No. 24, and, the one he chose, No. 25.

What numbers has Jadon Sancho worn before?

Sancho's preferred squad number is No. 7, which he wore for the duration of his time at for Borussia Dortmund 2017 until 2021. 

He has also worn No. 7 at international level for England, though Jack Grealish wore the jersey at Euro 2020, while Sancho was given the No. 17.

After No. 7, No. 17 appears to be the winger's second preference, but he has donned a variety of numbers traditionally associated with attacking players.

For England, as well as No. 17, Sancho has worn the Nos. 9, 10, 11, 21 and 23.

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