Amad Diallo has been assigned the number 19 shirt, Manchester United have confirmed.

The 19 number has been vacant for two seasons since Marcus Rashford switched to 10.

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The shirt was also previously worn by James Wilson, Danny Welbeck, and Gerard Pique, and more famously, Dwight Yorke.

Diallo’s move to United was confirmed by the club on Thursday evening.

He is due to fly into Manchester over the next 48 hours. Diallo posted an image wearing a United shirt on his social channels last night.

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Possible Pellistri blow

Promising news for Diallo comes amid potential disappointment for teammate Facundo Pellistri.

This weekend’s FA Cup tie with Watford was shaping up as a potential debut opportunity for the Uruguayan.

 

We had even run a feature on comments from supporters expressing excitement at getting to see him in action for the first team for the first time, even from the bench.

Pellistri’s agency reports he has Covid and faces a short spell out of action.

This is currently unconfirmed by the club and could be addressed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 1.30pm press conference.

If Pellistri does have Covid, then there are potential repercussions for the rest of the squad as he has been training for the first team.

Hopefully this is an isolated incident, and Pellistri makes a swift recovery and is able to make his first team debut soon.

This would come as a crushing blow for him, but if United can get into the next round of the FA Cup, another opportunity could await at the end of Janaury if the tie is a favourable one.

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