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Pau Torres' fantasy Man United shirt number could be handed to him by Erik ten Hag.

If Pau Torres joins Manchester United this summer, he could obtain his ideal shirt number, however it will largely depend on whether Erik ten Hag believes Phil Jones has a future at the club.

Although midfield is Ten Hag's top goal for strengthening in his first transfer window as United manager, centre-back has emerged as another area in desperate need of reinforcements. Despite the fact that the club has already spent roughly £200 million on its five possibilities in the area.

United had a terrible season, finishing with the lowest Premier League points total of 58 and an equally dismal goal difference of zero. Even the signing of four-time Champions League winner Raphael Varane last summer did not solve the team's defensive problems, with the Frenchman enduring a rough first season in England.

Harry Maguire had a particularly difficult season, as his form plummeted following his exploits for England at Euro 2020, while Victor Lindelof continued to demonstrate that he is unlikely to be a long-term option, although putting in some decent performances. Jones and Eric Bailly, United's other two senior centre-backs, are now fringe players.

Despite receiving a new long-term deal that runs until 2024 just last year, Bailly only appeared seven times in the campaign. The Ivorian spent the majority of the year on the bench, failing to impress in his few outings.

Jones' season ended on a much brighter note, as he made his long-awaited return to duty following two years of injury misery, putting in a strong performance against Wolves in his first match back. The 30-year-old went on to make five more appearances, but he could be better off looking for a new opportunity next season.

If Jones leaves, United will have a No.4 shirt for the first time in 11 years, which Torres may find interesting.

United are willing to let both Bailly and Jones depart this summer, putting even more pressure on the club to find a new centre-back. While fans are interested in dynamic starlet Jurrien Timber, who Ten Hag knows well from their time together at Ajax, MEN Sport understands that the club has rekindled their interest in Torres.

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