Jadon Sancho will wear the number 25 shirt this season after completing a £73million transfer to Manchester United.
The Red Devils announced the England international has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Old Trafford club on Friday – three weeks after confirming they had reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund.
It had been rumoured that Sancho would take Edinson Cavani's number 7 shirt, but the Uruguayan holds on to the jersey after he signed a one-year extension with the Red Devils in May.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn't risked upsetting the apple cart by stripping the Uruguay international of the number for his final season at United and handing it to his new golden boy.
Solskjaer was full of praise when Sancho was announced on Friday.
He said: "Jadon epitomises the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United. He will form an integral part of my squad for years to come and we look forward to seeing him blossom.
"His goals and assists records speak for themselves and he will also bring tremendous pace, flair, and creativity to the team. Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level.
"For a player of his age, Jadon has already achieved a great deal and showed the courage to go and prove himself abroad. We all look forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new campaign."
Solskjaer's assistant Mike Phelan also had a lot of positive things to say about the young Englishman.
He said: "We're looking that he'll bring some sort of cutting edge to us, a little bit of something different.
"Manchester United has been brought up on wide players, players that play with width, but also players that can commit on one vs ones, open up areas for other players, and be creative high up the field.
"So we feel, at such a young age, he has those qualities. Premier League experience he needs, even though he has done quite a bit in his career already.
"So we just think that Jadon, playing well, could be really constructive for us, really creative, and maybe unlock those doors we've found difficult to do."
Sancho knows Manchester well from his time at City, and says he can't wait to get down to business for the Red Devils.
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"I'll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first-team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day," said the new Man United signing.
"The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League.
"This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve. I am looking forward to working with the manager and his coaching team to further develop my game."
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