Malacia opts for jersey number with possible reference to Feyenoord

Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 9:52 PM• Wessel Antes • Last update: 22:17

Manchester United have released news about the jersey numbers of Tyrell Malacia and Bruno Fernandes via the club website. The left back who came over from Feyenoord will play in Manchester with number 12. Fernandes finally sees his wish come true after the transfer-free departure of Juan Mata and will play again with his favorite shirt number 8.

Malacia seems to be doing the Feyenoord supporters a favor with this choice. The Legion is known in Rotterdam as the twelfth man. For that reason, jersey number 12 has not been used at Feyenoord for ages. After his dream transfer to Manchester, the left leg has opted for this number. There is a strong chance that this is a conscious choice. Malacia publicly expressed his love for The Legion several times.

Malacia, for example, did that in his farewell interview last Tuesday. When asked what he will miss most about Feyenoord, the left back was very clear. “I think of course the home games with the supporters. I think I’m going to miss that the most, and the way my name was always sung here. And the love I have always received from the fans and from the people of Feyenoord,” said the grateful Malacia.

In the past, the left-back gave in an interview with ELF Football indicates that Marcelo is one of his childhood idols. The Brazilian left-back played for Real Madrid for many years with shirt number 12. This could be another reason for Malacia’s choice. Marcelo left Real this summer after 545 official games. The Brazilian is currently without a club.

Fernandes’ new jersey number is also known. The attacking midfielder already played with number 8 on his back for Sporting Portugal and now has that on the back of his shirt. The song has great meaning to him. It’s a tribute to his father, who always played with that jersey number. In addition, Fernandes was born on September 8, 1994. He has the number tattooed on his right forearm.


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