Bruno Fernandes is delighted to see Juan Mata sign a new contract extension.

But there is a disappointing element to it for him. Fernandes has his eye on Mata’s number eight shirt.

Reacting on social media, Fernandes says he will have to wait another year.

Fernandes currently wears the number 18 shirt made iconic by Paul Scholes. He is doing a pretty good job of filling it.

But its understandable he would want the number eight, which has been assigned to Mata since 2014.

Before Mata the number eight shirt was worn by Anderson, and prior to that, Nicky Butt wore it after eventually succeeding Paul Ince.


Fernandes and Mata are great pals off the pitch so the message is in good spirits. Let’s hope they can continue to strike up a connection on the pitch on the rare occasions they are selected together.

Manchester United Training Session
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Available squad numbers

These are the available squad numbers for new signings. Tom Heaton is likely to be handed one of these.


Last worn by Chris Smalling


Last worn by Marcos Rojo


Last worn by Timothy Fosu-Mensah

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