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Early candidate emerges to don the No.10 jersey for Manchester United

The iconic No.10 jersey will be available after the imminent departure of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The No.10 jersey signifies a lot, with the player donning the number considered to be the talisman of the club. In the case of Manchester United, after the departure of Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it is unclear on who will wear the iconic number in the future. The star’s one year contract ends this summer and the manager has given the green light for the Swede to explore other areas.

Manchester United’s in-form star Jesse Lingard has given a subtle hint of being worthy of the jersey. The 24-year-old has scored 13 goals across all competitions for the Red Devils this season and has reaped in Mourinho’s faith who decided to extend his contract last season.

Lingard was interviewed by the Manchester Evening News, where he was asked about his favorite position in the line-up. The youngster without hesitation, revealed the No.10 position as his favorite as he feels that it brings the best out of him. He said: “I like No.10, I have played there a lot this season, but I don’t mind playing any position that the manager wants.

Apart from the iconic No.7 shirt at the Old Trafford, several legends have donned the No.10 jersey for the Red Devils. Some of the names being, Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane, Teddy Sheringham and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Lingard not on cloud nine despite rich vein of form

The England International made it clear that despite his astounding form as of late, it would be difficult for him and youngsters like Rashford to be named on the starting eleven, given the number of stars the team already possesses. He stated:

“It’s a big club with big players and for players like me and Marcus it’s going to be tough to start every game,” “You are going to get people with different opinions. But as long as I keep scoring goals and help the team, that is all that matters to my teammates and the manager.”

Author’s Take:

The star will have to prove himself on a regular basis to earn the jersey with contenders in the form of  Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. Lingard has turned his fortunes around at the Theatre Of Dreams after contributing at the biggest stage for the team on a regular basis. Pogba could be the ideal candidate for the shirt as it could serve as a morale booster for the midfielder who has not been able to fulfill his potential at Old Trafford so far. Apart from that, Pogba is definitely leadership material due to his resilient personality and could well go on to lead the club in the future.

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