Van de Beek: Dean Henderson gives up no.34 shirt to Manchester United signing

Van de Beek: Dean Henderson gives up no.34 shirt to Manchester United signing

- Van de Beek requested the no.34 shirt in tribute to his pal and ex-Ajax teammate Abdelhak 'Appie' Nouri

- Nouri was in a coma for three years after he suffered a serious injury against Werder Bremen back in 2017

- Henderson, who recently made a return to United gladly gave in to the new signing

Man United summer signing Donny van de Beek is set to don the no.34 shirt after goalkeeper Dean Henderson gave up the number at the request of the Dutchman.

Van de Beek completed a switch to Old Trafford in a £40million deal on Wednesday, September 3, to become United's first major signing.

The Dutch international has been sporting the no.6 shirt through his career with Ajax but opted to switch to no.34 after his transfer to the Premier League.

Metro UK reports the midfielder made the decision in tribute to his ex-Ajax teammate and close pal Abdelhak 'Appie' Nouri who was in a coma for three years.

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Donny van de Beek: Dean Henderson gives up no.34 shirt to new Man United summer signing

Van de Beek requested the no.34 shirt in tribute to his pal 'Appie' Nouri. Photo: Getty Images.
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This was after the player collapsed during a match against Werder Bremen back in 2017.

At the time, Nouri wore the no.34 shirt for the Dutch giants and Van de Beek was understood to be keen on wearing the jersey after his dream move to the Theatre of Dreams.

United confirmed Henderson had kindly gave in to Van de Beek's request to take 5hr the shirt, with the keeper now set to get a new number.

"This is a special thing for me because my good friend Abdelhak Nouri… maybe you know the story," Van de Beek was quoted saying.

"He had a heart attack and he’s a good friend of mine, and I’m really close with his family and his brother is one of my best friends, and I talk a lot with them. So I decided to take his old number on my shirt. I want to get good memories with this number," he added.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United winter signing Bruno Fernandes has rated Nigerian star Odion Ighalo as one of the best legs at Old Trafford at the moment.

The former Super Eagles striker joined the Red Devils along with the Portuguese international earlier this year.

While the midfielder signed a long-term deal with United, Ighalo's reign at Old Trafford will come to an end in January 2021.

The former Watford star scored five goals and assisted another one in 19 appearances across competitions for the club.

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