Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has left Old Trafford, who will wear the number seven shirt?
Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United just over a month ago after a turbulent second spell at the club, leaving many questions unanswered.
Many fans will be concerned about who United will bring in to replace him in January, as there is now a void in the forward line, but once that is resolved, attention will shift to who will be the club’s famous number seven next season.
The player will not only wear the number worn by Ronaldo during his two stints at the club, but also those of David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson, and George Best.
Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United, relinquishing the famous number seven shirt.
Those who have chosen to wear the number seven have not always had it easy. Antonio Valencia, Memphis Depay, Alexis Sanchez, and Angel Di Maria have all worn the shirt and fallen short of expectations, so whoever is chosen will want to avoid joining that group.
So, who in the current United jersey could be given the honor of wearing such a significant number?
Sancho’s United career hasn’t gone as planned so far, but many fans believe he’ll find his footing under Erik ten Hag. It was also expected that when the forward first arrived at the club, he would inherit Edinson Cavani’s number once he left, but when Ronaldo returned later in the same transfer window, that plan was scrapped.
Sancho displayed incredible talent at Borussia Dortmund and has shown glimpses of it at Old Trafford, but he has yet to fully justify United’s £72 million transfer fee. The 22-year-old has a big second half of the season ahead of him, but if he shows his pedigree, he could be rewarded with the number seven shirt at the end.
United’s number sevens have historically been exciting players who drive the game forward (in theory), and many fans expected Antony to do the same when he was signed from Ajax. The reality has been far less exciting of late, but with United finally starting to play the way Ten Hag wants, the second half of the season could provide fans with an opportunity to see the best of the Brazilian.
If he does, the number seven shirt could be his.
An explosive young academy winger making a name for himself with a string of impressive performances? Many Manchester United supporters want him to wear the number seven jersey.
Garnacho is a fantastic talent who has quickly won over the hearts of Manchester United fans with moments like the last-minute winner against Fulham before the World Cup. With the first two options failing to light up Old Trafford, the Argentinian’s timing could be ideal.
The least likely candidate for the seventh shirt on this list. Given the lack of a standout candidate for the number seven jersey, it may be put on hold for a season or two (unless a big name comes through the door who wants it).
This season, Amad has impressed on loan for Sunderland, and many believe he will be a regular in Manchester United’s first team next season. He’s had a long season, but he’s continued to impress and show why the club sanctioned a move for him, and if his upward trajectory continues, the number seven shirt could be waiting for him at the end of the tunnel.