Man United New Signing Raphael Varane Opted To Wear The Number 19 Shirt, After Phil Jones Refused To Give-Up the No. 4 Shirt.

Manchester United New signing Raphael Varane Opted to wear the number 19 Shirt for the club as Phil Jones refused to give-up the No. 4 shirt requested by the French star.

Varane '28' was unveiled to the Red Devils fans minutes before the Premier League opener on Saturday, as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and the rest of the United team-mates began the season on a flying start following a 5-1 thrashing of Leeds United.

The Portuguese star struck a hat-trick while Varane's international team-mate Pogba racked-up four assists as Old Trafford welcomed back a full house of supporters.

Varane who joined the Red Devil's from Real Madrid for £42m enjoyed the perfect introduction to Manchester and aims to replace Victor Lindelof in the starting XI alongside Harry Maguire in the coming games, and opted to wear the No 19 shirt for the club. 

His signing now means that Phil Jones will now be pushed further down the pecking order in the Man United squad this season.

According to reports, the four-time Champions League winner had asked United for No 4 shirt, which he also wears for France – as their negotiations reached the late stages but Phil Jones who currently wears the number blatantly refused to give up the number.

Jones has been wearing the No 4, formerly worn by Steve Bruce, since arriving from Blackburn in 2011, but the 29-year-old hasn't played for United in more than 18 months.

The 29-year-old centre-back endured a horrific 2018-19 season and was frozen-out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The club still haven't managed to drum-up interest in the player for a sale this summer, with his contract expiring in 2023.

Varane will likely inherit Jones' shirt when United eventually managed to shift the fallen star Sir Alex Ferguson once said 'could be our greatest player ever.'

The World Cup winner has previouy wore the No.19 jersey during his first season with Real Madrid in 2011 as a young talent, having joined from Lens despite interest from United boss Ferguson.

He donned No 2 from 2012 to 2016 before finally settling on five. The No 4 shirt was reserved for Bernabeu icon Sergio Ramos during Varane's stint in Spain, and he hoped to finally wear it in England.

Varane was impressed by his new club stunning performance on Saturday, as pictures of him emerged watching the game live on T.V just after his unveiling.

Man United would visit the St. Mary's stadium when they face Southampton in their next game on Sunday.

The last time both side met was in February this year at Old Trafford which ended in a massive 9-0 victory in favour of United.

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