On Monday night, just minutes before his transfer from Real Madrid was officially completed, the midfielder was introduced to the Old Trafford crowd.
However, while carrying a Manchester United shirt on the field before the win against Liverpool, Casemiro’s name appeared on the back without a number.
United announced on their official website on Friday that he will wear the No.18 this season.
It’s a jersey with a lot of history at Old Trafford, having been worn for the majority of the club’s existence by renowned midfielder Paul Scholes.
It was last held by Bruno Fernandes, who moved to No.8 at the start of the summer after Juan Mata left. Between Scholes and Fernandes, Ashley Young wore 18.
Casemiro formerly wore the No.14 shirt for Real Madrid, and that shirt was available at United just a few weeks ago after Jesse Lingard left, but Christian Eriksen chose that number upon joining the club.
Casemiro and Eriksen are two of United’s four summer acquisitions this window, joining Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, with a fifth on the way soon after the Red Devils lodged a second bid for Antony earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Casemiro was spotted exercising with his new teammates on Thursday ahead of United’s game against Southampton this weekend, where he might make his debut.
Erik ten Hag, on the other hand, may remain with the midfield trio of Scott McTominay, Eriksen, and Fernandes, who shone in Monday’s triumph over Liverpool.