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Squad numbers announced: Focus on the youngsters

Posted by nickogs20 on August 16, 2008

While there were no significant changes or additions amongst the established first team squad, several of our most promising young talents have been allocated new squad numbers ahead of the start of 2008/09.

The most immediately intriguing aspect of the new list are the three players occupying shirts 19-21. Danny Welbeck takes the number 19 shirt vacated by Gerard Piqué this summer, having worn 47 last year, and that move would appear to reinforce just how highly-rated the 17 year-old striker is and how much faith the manager has in him.

The same could be said about the recipient of the famous number 20 shirt – following in the footsteps of the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is something of a daunting prospect and the next wearer of the shirt was always going to be someone who Sir Alex felt was both worthy of the honour and mentally strong enough to cope with the pressure. Step forward Fábio da Silva, who has clearly made a big impression in his short time at the club so far.

The same could be said of Fábio’s twin brother Rafael, who takes the adjacent number 21 shirt which formerly belonged to Dong Fangzhuo. Dong hasn’t been allocated a number for this season – whether this is an indication that the Chinese isn’t considered to have a future at the club or merely a signal of intent to send him out on loan is unclear.

Other changes further down the list include Fraizer Campbell moving from 39 to 31, Sam Hewson taking Chris Eagles’ old number 33 shirt, Tom Cleverley being given no. 35 and Ron-Robert Zieler moving to 38 in place of Tom Heaton. James Chester moves to #39, while two other players are given a number for the very first time – 18 year-old reserves keeper Ben Amos gets 40, while Italian academy forward Federico Macheda takes the number 41 at the age of just 16, a testament to the impact he has made in his first season with United.

Full squad list:
1. Edwin van der Sar
2. Gary Neville
3. Patrice Evra
4. Owen Hargreaves
5. Rio Ferdinand
6. Wes Brown
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
8. Anderson
9. Louis Saha
10. Wayne Rooney
11. Ryan Giggs
12. Ben Foster
13. Park Ji-Sung
15. Nemanja Vidic
16. Michael Carrick
17. Nani
18. Paul Scholes
19. Danny Welbeck
20. Fábio da Silva
21. Rafael da Silva

22. John O’Shea
23. Jonny Evans
24. Darren Fletcher
26. Manucho
27. Mikael Silvestre
28. Darron Gibson
29. Tomasz Kuszczak
30. Lee Martin
31. Fraizer Campbell

32. Carlos Tévez
33. Sam Hewson
34. Rodrigo Possebon
35. Tom Cleverley
36. David Gray
37. Craig Cathcart
38. Ron-Robert Zieler
39. James Chester
40. Ben Amos
41. Federico Macheda


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