London : England striker Wayne Rooney is changing his Manchester United squad number from 8 to 10 for the forthcoming season and beyond, the club's website reported Sunday.
To mark the switch, Wayne met probably the club's greatest number 10, Denis Law, for a special photograph at Carrington in southern England.
"When I was offered the chance to wear the number 10 shirt I jumped at it," said the striker, who moved to Manchester United from Everton.
"Some of the game's greatest players have become legends wearing number 10, none more so than Denis Law.
"He was crowned King of the Stratford End during his time at the club and it is a great honour for me to wear a shirt that has such history behind it."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rooney is a worthy addition to the roll call of players who've worn the iconic red shirt.
"There have been some wonderful footballers who have worn the Manchester United number 10 shirt," Sir Alex told the website.
"These men have captured the imagination of our fans around the world with their skill and their goals. Wayne is the right man to carry on that tradition and I'm delighted that Denis Law was able to pass on the mantle."
United have yet to confirm who will replace Rooney at number 8, or which numbers will be worn by new signings Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves.