Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong explains why he may not have taken the No.21 shirt" appeared in the MEN as recently as July 16

This explanation came when he actually joined Barcelona and said: “I am happy with the number.

I could easily play with a different number, that's not a problem, but it's nice that it also allows people to get to know me."

And yet three days later 'Lisandro Martinez could be denied Manchester United dream team' because of De Jong?

What someone didn't realize was that De Jong wasn't really that stubborn. Or, crucially,

someone didn't care that De Jong wasn't so stubborn because "dream shirt numbers" are clearly the biggest business.

It's clear that this shirt means a lot to De Jong and United are unlikely to take a potential sweetener off the table as the move is already proving difficult.

Mediawatch are no experts, but we suspect Manchester United handing over the number 21 shirt to Lisandro Martinez is not the prospect the MEN