Do these pictures show Bailly and Mkhitaryan's squad numbers next season?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Manchester United pair have both been photographed wearing squad numbers for the first time at their new club.

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Manchester United may have disclosed the squad numbers of two of their summer signings, with Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan shown wearing numbered training gear during pre-season, in pictures appearing on Twitter.

The big money recruits were preparing alongside the rest of the squad for United's match on Saturday against 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan, and are likely to be sticking with the numbers they are shown in - an unveiling that is normally given a certain level of ceremony at football clubs.

United have stated on Twitter that the squad numbers pictured aren't final, but there are plenty of reasons to think otherwise.

Defender Eric Bailly, who arrived from Villarreal was seen wearing the number 6 for United, a typical central defensive number that was famously used by Rio Ferdinand among other stalwarts at the back. It suggests the Ivory Coast international is set to be selected by Jose Mourinho alongside Chris Smalling at the start of the season. He wore 24 in La Liga last season.

Mkhitaryan has a rather less first team orientated number, sporting the 22 number recently vacated by Nick Powell who recently signed for the Latics and could come up against his old club at the weekend. He wore 10 at Borussia Dortmund, but that will be a tough number to claim with United captain Wayne Rooney already in possession of the classic attacking shirt. The Armenian would likely have to join a queue that already includes Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic too, if the England star was to relinquish it.

But if you dig a little deeper in the 27-year-old's club history though, you can see that Mkhitaryan sported the 22 shirt when he starred for Shakhtar Donetsk, a clear indication that the attacking midfielder would be happy with the number he's currently wearing in training.

As for Zlatan, you can be certain his choice of shirt will not slip out in training pictures.

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