Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford was officially confirmed on Tuesday night as the Portuguese comes back to Manchester after 12 years away.
But the Red Devils were unable to reveal which shirt number the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would take, with Cavani the owner of the No 7 jersey at that point.
However a United statement read on Thursday night: “Manchester United can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford.
“The Portuguese superstar famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell at United and we can now confirm that Ronaldo will have it on his back once again.
“Ronaldo inherits the number from Edinson Cavani, who wore the shirt last season and in our away win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.
“As our new signing is allocated No 7, El Matador will switch to No 21, the same number our prolific striker wears for the Uruguayan national team.”
And Ronaldo expressed his gratitude that Uruguayan centre-forward Cavani would give up the shirt number for him to take.
Ronaldo said: “I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again. I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture.”
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