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Daley Blind handed number 17 shirt at Manchester United

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Daley Blind has been handed the number 17 shirt at Manchester United after completing his move to Old Trafford - and the Dutch star will be hopeful of avoiding the same fate as some of his predecessors.

The 25-year-old was confirmed as the Red Devils' fifth summer signing shortly before Radamel Falcao signed on the dotted line on deadline day - but while the Colombian will wear the famous number nine shirt, Blind will have to contend with a number 17 shirt which hasn't exactly been a good omen for its previous wearers.

Loan

Nani was the last man to wear the shirt before vacating it to go on loan with Sporting Lisbon, and the Portuguese ace never really lived up to expectations at Old Trafford. 

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Before him Liam Miller donned the shirt - and he made just 22 appearances for the club and was last seen plying his trade in Australia. Other players to have worn the number 17 shirt include Raimond van der Gouw, Michael Stewart and Ricardo none of whom hung around Manchester United for too long. Andy Cole briefly wore the shirt but scored his goals and made his name as the club's number nine.

Trend

Blind will hope he can buck the trend - and he was certainly looking forward to getting started at Old Trafford after his switch from Ajax was completed.

"It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United," he told the club's official website.

"I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there.

Excited

"Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world."

If he finds life difficult wearing 17 - the same number he wore at Ajax - there is always a chance he can switch numbers next season. The number five shirt, which has been vacated by Rio Ferdinand is available. He wore that number for Holland at the World Cup and it certainly did him no harm. 

Previous wearers of that shirt include Laurent Blanc and Lee Sharpe - so there would be slightly more expectation on him to perform.

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