The Belgian has chosen not to wear Wayne Rooney’s
No.10 jersey, instead opting for the number he
carries at international level.
Romelu Lukaku has revealed he will wear the
Manchester United No.9 shirt vacated after receiving
“permission” from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Lukaku is set to complete his £75 million move from
Everton in the coming hours after undergoing a
medical on Saturday, and will meet up with his new
team-mates in Los Angeles as they begin their pre-
And he has revealed that he has already chosen to
don the No.9 jersey, succeeding the departing
Ibrahimovic in the iconic jersey.
“I always asked my mother what number, and I
used to play with the 10 because my mother’s
birthday is on Oct. 10, so it’s the 10th month of
the year,” he told ESPN.
“That’s why I played with No. 10. I asked for the
number nine because I’m a striker.
“Strikers play with No.9. It’s a nice number, and I
asked the permission of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I want to
thank him, as well, for allowing me to wear that
The 24-year-old becomes the eighth United player to
be given the number nine since the introduction of
squad numbering in 1993. Brian McClair, Andy Cole,
Louis Saha, Dimitar Berbatov, Radamel Falcao and
Anthony Martial had all worn the shirt before
Ibrahimovic arrived at the club last summer, with
Martial being reallocated the number 11.
There was a belief that Lukaku may make a straight
swap with Wayne Rooney, who has taken the
Belgian’s Everton number 10 shirt after returning to
Goodison Park. But the famous United number 10
remains vacant for now with Lukaku favouring the
number he wears for his national team instead.
Lukaku could make his United debut on Saturday night
when Jose Mourinho’s side take on LA Galaxy at
the StubHub Center in their first pre-season fixture of