Official: Manchester United have a new No.8

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Manchester United have confirmed Bruno Fernandes will wear the No.8 shirt vacated by his close friend Juan Mata.

Fernandes switches from No.18 ahead of the 2022/23 campaign and will wear his new shirt number during Manchester United’s pre-season tour.

Fernandes wore the No.8 at Udinese, Sporting and wears it also with the Portugal national team and it was expected he would switch to the shirt number following the exit of Mata this summer.

Fernandes has a number eight tattoo on his arm and was born on that day in September in 1994.

The Manchester United midfielder signed a new long-term contract with Reds in April and will be relishing getting to work under new manager Erik ten Hag.

Fernandes wil be the sixth Manchester United player to wear the No.8 since squad numbers were introduced in 1993/94, rather than the traditional 1 to 11.

The previous players to wear the No.8 shirts at Manchester United are Paul Ince, Nicky Butt, Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Mata.

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been warned Ajax star Antony isn’t the player to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reports have claimed Ten Hag wants Antony to replace Ronaldo at Manchester United after the Portuguese international asked to leave Manchester United this summer.

Asked whether United boss Erik ten Hag will want to keep Ronaldo, transfer expert Alex Crook told talkSPORT: “I think he does, if they let him go they have to have a replacement lined up. 

“He still scored 24 goals last season, he doesn’t have the mobility of Ronaldo first time round when he was at Old Trafford but he still knows how to put the ball in the net and that’s a precious commodity.

“There aren’t that many number nines out there, Darwin Nunez was a United target earlier in the summer, unless they’re going to go to Bayern Munich and say you can have Ronaldo and we’ll have Robert Lewandowski I don’t see how they’ll replace him.

“A number nine hasn’t been high on Ten Hag’s priority list, they sounded out Nunez but he was always going to go to Liverpool.

“The one forward player he is keen to bring in Antony who is more of a wide forward from Ajax but they want big money and he’s not really a Ronaldo replacement.”