Nemanja Matic’s Man United shirt number revealed

August 1, 2017

Serbian holding midfielder Nemanja Matic has completed his move to Manchester United from Chelsea and has already been handed his shirt number for the season ahead.

The 28-year-old star, who joins the Old Trafford club from the Stamford Bridge side in a £40m transfer deal, will wear the No.31 jersey.

There had been a strong hint that he would wear that particular number after a photo that was leaked from his medical last Sunday showed the figure on the front of a training kit he was wearing.

It’s possible the Serbia international could wear it as soon as Wednesday when the Red Devils take on Serie A side Sampdoria in a friendly in Dublin.

Following the announcement of his arrival Man United head coach Jose Mourinho said: ‘I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31.’

The previous incumbent of the jersey was German veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger who wore it prior to his departure for the MLS in January.