|the new no. 11 (manutd.com)|
Adnan Januzaj has taken the No11 shirt at Manchester United after being encouraged to do so by Ryan Giggs following the Welshman’s retirement following 24 years playing for the club.
Giggs has taken a particular interest in the Belgian’s development and as the No2 to the manager, Louis van Gaal, believed Januzaj should not hesitate in accepting the jersey number he wore for the majority of his glittering United career.
While Giggs’s move is an indication of how highly Januzaj is regarded at Old Trafford – and the taking of the shirt a sign of his self-confidence – the 19-year-old is now bound to be the subject of extra scrutiny as comparisons are made between him and the most decorated player in domestic history.
Phil Neville, a member of the United coaching staff last season, suggested as much in a tweet on hearing the news. “Januzai given the number 11 shirt – massive act to follow but one I’m convinced he can handle he is going to be a great player!” he wrote.
United considered retiring the shirt after Giggs played his final game at the end of last season but a club source said they “wanted the legend to continue”.
Januzaj honoured to wear no 11
“It’s a big honour for me and my family and I was very happy to have it given to me”, said the youngster in an interview after the Swansea match. Although happy the young winger feel the pressure because the previous no.11 still in Manchester United. 963 appearance of Ryan Giggs came in no. 11. Giggs inherited the number after the late legendary George best. His appearance in the match was unexpected because he admits that he still unfit for the match.