Manchester United officially unveiled their first signing of the summer, welcoming Mason Mount from Chelsea.
The Red Devils kept the announcement of a deal that could reach £60m rather simple, sharing a video of Mount wearing the club’s new home kit with the caption: “The excitement is mounting.” Ironically, they managed to generate all the noise by revealing their new signing’s shirt number.
The 24-year-old who put pen to paper on a deal running until June 2028, with the option of a further year, will wear the club’s iconic No 7.
Manchester United name Mason Mount as their new No 7
The shirt has been vacant since Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit from Old Trafford in November of 2022. The decision to hand Mount such a huge responsibility shows how highly the England international is rated by decision-makers at his new club.
However, it has also left many fans surprised, as Garnacho was widely recognized as an ideal player to succeed Ronaldo and don his famous shirt at the Theatre of Dreams. The Argentine talent is a huge Ronaldo fan and has even included the number in his Instagram handle: garnacho7.
A fan tweeted: “So they really let Garnacho make the number 7 his whole brand to give it to Mason Mount?”
“Manchester United made a mistake not giving the number 7 to Garnacho. He deserved it the most,” another user added.
A third noted: “I’d be absolutely fuming if I was Garnacho.”
However, it appears the 18-year-old isn’t too bothered by the development as he liked United’s Instagram post of Mount wearing the top.
Considered to be one of the most iconic numbers, it brings a lot of pressure with it. As such, it’s understandable that United have given the burden to Mount, who arrives having won the Champions League as well as two Chelsea POTY awards.
For now, it seems Garnacho, who only made his breakthrough last term, will have to continue playing with his current number, 49.