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Stop the presses: Juan Mata will wear 8, not 7 at Manchester United

The Spaniard won’t have the pressure of emulating the exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona or Antonio Valencia.

IF YOU’RE ONE of the few souls with money to burn on a new football jersey we hope you haven’t already taken your shiny new Manchester United shirt to have the number 7 emblazoned on along with your new favourite Spaniard.

Because as United revealed their record signing today, they did so with the number eight, formerly worn by Anderson,

So, absolutely zero pressure then?

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Image credit: Manchester United/ Twitter

Before Anderson, the number was worn by Wayne Rooney, Nicky Butt and Paul Ince.

What do you think? Do numbers even matter?

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