Manchester United summer signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has sent a thank you message to Marouane Fellaini after the Belgian gave up the number 31 shirt this season.
The German international made the number his own at the Allianz Arena but it seemed unlikely he'd be able to wear it again at Old Trafford, with Fellaini taking it following his arrival from Everton in September 2013.
He's switched to the first number he wore in professional football - 27 - to give Schweinsteiger his old number, and the 31-year-old is certainly grateful to his new teammate for the decision.
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When asked if having the number helps him to settle, he told MUTV: "Yeah it does a little bit. I was happy that the coach gave me the no.31 and was really surprised as well."
"So thank you to Felli too. For me, I played there since I played my first game for Bayern and 31 means a lot to me. I didn’t expect the coach would give me the number but he decided, and the club decided, and it gives me a little bit more feeling like I’m at home, yes."
Schweinsteiger made his Manchester United debut on the opening day of the Premier League season, coming off the bench to replace Michael Carrick and help Louis van Gaal's side claim a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. He received a warm reception from the club's supporters but was booked for a foul on Nacer Chadli.
The German came off the bench once again to replace the same player on the hour mark at Aston Villa on Friday night, shoring up the midfield to cement another victory by a solitary goal.
He offers the Manchester United manager plenty of Champions League experience ahead of their qualifier against Club Brugge on Tuesday night, and will be hoping for more opportunities as time goes on at his new club.
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