Wayne Rooney’s Reaction To Marcus Rashford’s New Squad Number

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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney believes Marcus Rashford is well suited for the famous No.10 shirt.

The Red Devils have possessed some of the top legends of the games, who have helped make the No.7 and the No.10 shirts two of the most coveted squad numbers at Old Trafford.

George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo made a name for themselves while wearing the No.7 jersey. On the other hand, No.10 has been worn by a handful of stars like Mark Hughes, Sheringham, and Van Nistelrooy.

Wayne Rooney also made the number his own at the club. The Englishman joined United from Everton in 2004, and it took him three years to earn the right to wear the No.10 jersey. And there was no turning around for him since.

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Rooney went on to win every title possible with the Red Devils, scoring 253 goals and becoming Manchester United‘s all-time top scorer before eventually returning to boyhood club Everton. Zlatan Ibrahimovic inherited the jersey number after Rooney’s departure, but soon left for a stint in the MLS himself.

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This week, Marcus Rashford announced that he would be wearing the famous No.10 jersey for the Red Devils this season. He also featured with the squad number on his back in Manchester United‘s final pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich.

After the game, the youngster confirmed that it would be his number for the season to come via an Instagram post, on which Wayne Rooney gave his approval by commenting: ‘It suits you mate.’

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Mourinho had asked Rashford to keep the number 9 on his jersey, and had handed him the no.19 last summer. The United boss revealed that the player always wanted the no.10 jersey, but waited for the right moment due to the respect he possessed for Rooney and Zlatan.

“Yes, he wanted it. He always wanted it,” Jose told MUTV. “Of course, he respected the big Rooney and then Zlatan wanted to have it. And of course he was in the shadow waiting for the opportunity. The shirt is empty, it’s something fantastic for the kid, let’s give the shirt to him.”