Why Scott McTominay hasn't changed Manchester United shirt number

Scott McTominay has only ever worn one squad number during four years in the Man Utd first-team


Scott McTominay admits he has never considered changing his Manchester United shirt number despite occupying the same one since he made his breakthrough four years ago.

The Scotland international was handed the No.39 shirt for his debut against Arsenal back in May 2017 but has never asked for a more illustrious number despite quickly rising through the ranks.

McTominay inherited the squad number from fellow academy graduate Marcus Rashford, with the Scot the only player to have held the No.39 shirt for more than a single season.

It has also been assigned to Tom Thorpe, James Chester, Fraizer Campbell, Paul Tierney and Luke Chadwick in the past, but no player has worn it as regularly as the Scottish midfielder.

Players are typically given the chance to change squad number at the end of every season but McTominay admits he has never given any serious thought to a swap.

“No. 39 obviously is special, when you first get your number,” McTominay told club media as part of a Q&A session. “Nobody has ever said change your number – there’s not 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’m perfectly fine with that. I’ve never even asked myself and never thought or brought it up in conversation to change my number. I’m perfectly fine, so 39. I see 39 everywhere now, I can’t get it out of my head!”

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