Morgan Schneiderlin has explained why he chose to wear the No.28 shirt at Manchester United.
The Frenchman declared his love for the No.8 shirt but with Juan Mata already holding the rights to that number, it was never going to be easy.
Schneiderlin explained how he asked Mata for the No.8 and his response, predictably, was drenched in sarcasm.
“There was not much choice. My favourite number, it is the eight. I asked Mata if he wanted to give it to me. As a joke, he answered: ‘I will give it to you if Rooney gives me the number ten’. But that was not possible,” he said.
While it was worthwhile asking for the number off Mata, there was little doubt that Rooney would ever let the No.10 go.
Despite the disappointment, Schneiderlin has settled in to life at Old Trafford brilliantly, with his tireless work in midfield giving United a much better platform to build on than last term.
The likes of Daley Blind and Chris Smalling have been praised following an improved defensive record this season but Schneiderlin is equally as responsible due to his protection of the back four. He will be looking to continue his good form against Swansea City this weekend.