Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a sensational return to Man Utd but the Premier League has caused confusion after listing the forward’s shirt number on their website
The Premier League have caused confusion by listing Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt number as 7 following his move to Manchester United.
The Portuguese star completed a sensational return to Old Trafford on Friday – 12 years after leaving the Red Devils.
Ronaldo bolsters a squad that has already seen Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane arrive this summer.
Attention has now turned to what shirt number the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will don in his second coming.
Edinson Cavani currently wears No 7 – the number Ronaldo previously wore in Manchester.
But the Premier League’s official website has listed both the Uruguayan and United’s latest signing as the same number.
There is no word yet from the Red Devils as to what number Ronaldo will wear.
Former player turned pundit Gary Neville has said this summer that United were in need of a centre forward.
Harry Kane had been on the market whilst doubt continues over some of the club’s long-term options.
“It’s fantastic news,” Neville told Sky Sports . “It’s a little bit nostalgic, which doesn’t always work in football, but the idea of Ronaldo going to Manchester City was torture for United fans.
“If there is a big player available, United have to be in the market. We know there’s a potential that Erling Haaland could be available next summer, Edinson Cavani’s probably got a year, they definitely need a centre-forward option with Cavani.
“I know they’ve got Mason Greenwood but if you look at the business Chelsea have done, that Manchester City were looking to do, Manchester United had to compete, and what they’ve done is bolster the squad with a proven goalscorer, a club legend, and it’s going to give them an incredible 12 months.
“Ronaldo will be coming to win trophies, personal accolades, set the Premier League on fire. It is a different Ronaldo, everyone expected that.
“But he is a number nine, someone who still has that burst over short distances, he makes great runs inside the box, has anticipation of where the ball’s going to drop, and he gives United something they need.
“I said the other day United should be in for Harry Kane if he was available, or Haaland. These types of player. To get above Manchester City and Chelsea they’re going to have to do something big, and this could give them a temporary shot in the arm to get them right up there this year.
“I was a little bit fearful watching Chelsea last weekend, knowing City are going to be strong, Liverpool have Virgil van Dijk back, that United could improve but finish in a lower position. But this news gives me more hope that they can have a great season.
“This is one of the most special players that has ever lived, forget Manchester United, it’s one of the greats of all time.”