Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed how new signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, got fellow striker Edison Cavani to hand over the no 7 jersey at the club.
Cavani was handed the shirt when he joined United from Paris St-Germain in the summer of 2020.
However, Ronaldo will wear the No.7 shirt once again – which he wore during his six seasons as a Red between 2003 and 2009 – Cavani agreed to take the No.21 shirt, which became vacant when Daniel James left the club.
Solskjaer revealed that it was the Portuguese superstar who phoned up his new teammate to request the swap.
The Norweigan manager described Cavani’s gesture as a sign of respect for Ronaldo.
“Edinson has been remarkable,” praised Solskjaer.
“Cristiano spoke with Edinson and they spoke to each other. And to pass on his shirt just shows the respect he’s got for Cristiano, but also Cristiano speaking to Edinson shows the respect the other way. Two top, top professionals and players.”
Solskjaer also confirmed that Ronaldo will make his second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle on Saturday, though played coy on whether he would start.
He said: ‘Everyone is very happy to have him back. Looking forward to Saturday.
‘He has had a good pre-season and played for the national team. He will get on the pitch at some point that’s for sure.’