Manchester United striker James Wilson has explained why he has changed his squad number.
The 18-year-old initially had number 47 on the back of his shirt, but he now wears number 49.
Wilson, who is highly rated by the United officials, has said that Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal wanted him to have a ‘9’ on his back.
Wilson on change from squad no.47 to 49: "As I'm a striker, the gaffer wanted me to have a nine in my number, and 49 was the closest." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 26, 2014
Radamel Falcao currently wears the number nine shirt and is likely to retain it in the coming seasons if he is signed on a permanent contract by United from AS Monaco next summer.
However, the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid striker is 28 years of age and is not likely to spend more than five years with United.
Which means that Wilson is the future of United, if indeed he can continue to improve and develop his game. And it seems that Van Gaal has earmarked the youngster as the future ‘number nine’.
Can Wilson succeed Falcao in the coming years? Let’s wait and watch.