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07th Aug 2015

Manchester United start new season without a number 9

Saving it for someone?

Tom Victor

It’s the biggest hint yet that Manchester United are set for more attacking reinforcements.

Louis van Gaal’s side will start the new campaign with the number nine shirt vacant, leaving a gap for a new striker to join before the end of the transfer window.

They did the same last season before their big-money loan move for Radamel Falcao, suggesting another marquee signing could be on the way.

New signing Memphis Depay has taken the iconic number 7 shirt following Angel Di Maria’s departure, while fellow new arrivals Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been given 28 and 31 respectively.

United have been linked with a number of elite strikers, including the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane, and this is a sign that their summer spending might not be over.