The Scotland international has been wearing the number 39 since leaving the academy and entering the senior setup at Old Trafford
Scott McTominay has worn the No.39 shirt at Manchester United since entering senior squad at Old Trafford, and the Scotland international has no plans to change despite some iconic numbers up for grabs.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who is another product of the Red Devils famous academy system, burst onto the scene when Jose Mourinho took his big break.
He now has up to 133 competitive appearances and has become a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans, with his game taken to new heights in 2020-21, but there are no plans for him to drop. the list of team numbers from the high 30s.
What was said?
Asked during a Q&A on United’s official site On whether a change of jersey number could be considered, McTominay said: “Number 39 is obviously special, when you first get your number.
“No one ever said to change my number – there hasn’t been a single conversation about changing my number. Not three years, two years or a year ago.
“Nothing has ever been said about it. I totally agree with that. I never even asked myself and I never thought or mentioned in a conversation to change my number. I am perfectly fine, so 39. I see 39 everywhere now, I can’t seem to get it out of my head! “
Who wore the 39 before McTominay?
The Scotland international would take a familiar path if he traded the number 39 for another jersey.
Before McTominay took that post at United squad, fellow academy graduate Marcus Rashford had made a stunning breakthrough filling the same shirt.
The England forward is now No.10 for the Red Devils, with only the 2015-16 campaign devoted to 39 donning.
What numbers are available at United?
The Red Devils currently have all 1-11 places occupied in their squad.
Juan Mata is yet to sign a new contract, however, and could move out of the No.8 spot this summer, while serious questions have also been asked about No.4 Phil Jones and his future.
Elsewhere 12, 14, 15 and 20 are all up for grabs, but 16 may be the best fit for a player of McTominay’s ilk.
He would follow in illustrious footsteps if that jersey were taken, with a few iconic midfielders previously taking that number.
Seven-time Premier League title winner Roy Keane has spent 12 memorable years as United’s No.16.
That jersey was then passed on to Michael Carrick, who filled it out for 12 more as he won five top-tier titles and a Champions League crown.