Manchester United new boy Odion Ighalo will reportedly wear the No. 25 shirt after he was signed on a six month loan deal to provide cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.
The Nigerian international became United’s second piece of January business, after the long-awaited £67m signing of Bruno Fernandes, and the 30-year-old could be in line to make his debut against Chelsea when teams return from their winter break.
Now, a report from All Nigeria Soccer, claims that if Ighalo does make an appearance against the Blues, he will be wearing the No. 25 shirt which had been vacated by Antonio Valencia when he left the club at the end of last season.
At Shanghai Shenhua last season, Ighalo sported the No 9 shirt but that is currently worn by Anthony Martial.
During his last stint in England with Watford, he wore the No 24 but, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah currently in possession of that, Ighalo has opted for 25 - a number popularised by Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu who wore it at Arsenal.
Previous wearers of that number include Nick Powell, Danny Simpson, David Jones, Quinton Fortune and Jordi Cruyff.
Ighalo landed in Manchester on Sunday and has claimed he cannot wait to get started, saying: “It's a dream come true because since I was a kid I followed and dreamt of Manchester United.
“But it is a reality now. I cannot say much more now until I get started. It's been crazy. Obviously, I am happy to be in Manchester first of all.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I am grateful to God, and to my agent, and the coach who has given me this opportunity to be here.
“I am happy to be here and to work out with the team and finish very well this season.
“The plan is to just chill today because I travelled a very long way from Shanghai to Manchester. Today is to just rest and tomorrow we start to work.”