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30th Jul 2017

People are confused as photo emerges of Nemanja Matic in Manchester United top

Looks like he has Schweinsteiger's old number

Robert Redmond

The photo looks legitimate.

Nemanja Matic is expected to sign for Manchester United in the next few days, but it appears he’s a lot closer to the move that has been reported.

The Chelsea midfielder has been photographed in a United training top, or this is one of the greatest Photoshop efforts of all time:

Here’s a clearer version of the photo:

The image emerged on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, and the Serbian caption underneath translates into “First hand information.”

Matic can be seen wearing the number 31 shirt in the photo, which was Bastian Schweinsteiger’s old number before he joined MLS side Chicago Fire. It won’t come as a surprise to see Matic in a United top, as he is reportedly on the verge of joining the club.

According to Sky Sports, the Serbian will sign for Jose Mourinho’s side this week, costing £40m from Chelsea. The 28-year-old was a regular for the Premier League champions last season, but would have found his playing time limited had he stayed after the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

Apparently, Chelsea are allowing him to join Mourinho’s side as a “goodwill gesture” because of his loyal service in the past. He didn’t travel with Chelsea to China for their pre-season tour. So, it very well could be Matic in the photo, but some weren’t convinced.

A few thought it was a photo of Schweinsteiger doctored with Matic’s head.

But the top in the photo has just been released by United.

Others still weren’t convinced.

Others seemed to accept it was legit.