Nigerian born forward who models his game around Messi gets new squad number at Manchester United

Manchester United has confirmed that Nigerian-eligible forward Shola Shoretire has been handed new numbers going into the 2021/22 season.

United have reported back to pre-season training ahead of the new season with a chunk of the faces being their academy players since many of the first-teamers have been given extended breaks due to their involvement in summer tournaments.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the numbers on show for the first training session on Monday by the academy players are likely to stick.

Among players who reported to training on Monday included Teden Mengi, James Garner, Facundo Pellistri, and Tahith Chong who were all out on loan last season.

Youngster Joe Hugill, who had previously been spotted wearing the no89 shirt, almost halved his squad number by turning up with no52. Anthony Elanga had no56 on the back of his debut shirt in May but is now wearing no36. Dylan Levitt, who has returned early despite being involved in Euro 2020, wore no35 instead of no63.

Shole Shoretire, who is one of the youngsters handed his senior debut last season, has switched from no74 to no47 with new signing Tom Heaton spotted wearing no22.

Shoretire models his game around Lionel Messi of Argentina.

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