While practically numbers don’t really matter, we all as fans understand the subtle significance. A number 10 especially can be a stamp of confidence from a manager to a player, which can egg him on to better things, and give him a sense of responsibility.
For Rooney (and United), he will be stepping into the shoes of players with lofty reputations as Law, Hughes and van Nistelrooy. He would obviously have reason to be proud with this kind of recognition. We have already seen how he has managed to curtail his temper and bring it down to the occasional annoyance. Hopefully this would give him further cause for responsibility and the sense to prove to the team and fans that he truly deserves the shirt.
There is no doubting his talent and contribution to our cause. It’s just a case of upping ones’ game with every passing season. Mind you, he is yet to peak.
Speaking of shirt numbers, here’s a question I’d put to the readers: What numbers, do you people reckon, would go to our new signings?
I say Hargreaves gets No. 17. Anderson gets Rooney’s No. 8 and Nani No. 12. (I believe these are the numbers available at the moment)
Anyway, don’t break your heads over it. After all, they’re just numbers. Otherwise the likes of Titus Bramble and Boumsong would be world class had they been given No. 10 shirts, wouldn’t they?
So, go ahead. Let us know what you think of next season’s shirt numbers.
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