Man Utd takes final Mason Greenwood decision ‘reaching agreement’: Rasmus Hojlund Shirt number revealed.
Manchester United has concluded their investigation into Mason Greenwood, and an official announcement is expected within the next two weeks.
Despite the 21-year-old’s future appearing positive at Old Trafford, there might be a significant request from Erik ten Hag upon his return.
United is on the brink of finalizing a £72 million deal to acquire Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund this week. The talented Danish player is set to become the club’s third summer signing, adding depth to Ten Hag’s attacking options.
Greenwood’s return to the team would further strengthen the squad, especially if he continues to build on his promising development since breaking through under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, he might be asked to make a difficult sacrifice to accommodate Hojlund’s arrival at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will view Hojlund as a significant part of his plans going forward as he aims to guide United back to the summit of English football. His £72m price tag says that much.
But while Mount was offered the iconic No 7 ahead of his switch, Hojlund doesn’t have the same privilege.
That’s because all six of the last numbers the 20-year-old has worn at senior level aren’t available at United.
Fred currently wears his No 17 at Atalanta, and though his expected exit would free up his shirt, Hojlund would likely need one before
Anthony Martial looks set to stay, taking the No 9 off the table, while Facundo Pellistri currently dons the No 28.
Hojlund has also worn the No 20 and 21 shirt for Denmark, but Diogo Dalot and Antony occupy both.
But he isn’t likely to be thrown in as a regular starter immediately if he remains at the club, and therefore could be asked to hand it over to United’s new star striker.
After the No 13 and No 15 shirts, the next available number for Hojlund to pick up is No 30. It doesn’t scream marquee.
But such a request being fielded to Greenwood depends on how important Ten Hag’s latest addition considers a shirt number to be.
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