Manchester United have welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo again to the membership and have given the returning Old Trafford hero his iconic jersey quantity seven again.
Ronaldo is one among a number of legends who’ve immortalized the quantity seven jersey in latest many years, together with George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
But after the Portuguese left, it appeared virtually “cursed” as a result of quite a lot of gamers didn’t do justice or stay as much as their legendary standing.
Ronaldo is now taking it again, however these are all gamers who’ve used the jersey quantity seven for United since he final pulled it on wat again in 2009 …
Owen was the primary United participant to hold 7 after Ronaldo / Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images
Sir Alex Ferguson misplaced each Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez within the summer time of 2009 and because of this he was on the lookout for a brand new striker so as to add depth to the entrance.
Ferguson turned to former Liverpool star Michael Owen, who agreed to a free switch after leaving Newcastle. Given the void left by Ronaldo, followers had been determined for a star participant – maybe in his prime – to are available and take over the shirt.
But as an alternative, an getting old Owen was a participant who nonetheless continued to battle with accidents. In whole, he scored 17 objectives in 52 video games for the membership, regardless that he solely began 18 video games.
Although he was not more than a squad participant when he handed, Owen gave followers some moments that can lengthy for the reminiscence, particularly his last-gap winner within the Manchester derby.
Oh, and the transfer benefited him as a lot as he might lastly get a Premier League profitable medal. Owen’s feedback after profitable the title had been blunt, however very true: “If you can not beat them, go with them.”
Valencia solely wore jersey quantity seven in a single season / Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Antonio Valencia arrived at Old Trafford the identical summer time as Owen, the place Ferguson truly provided the participant seven shirts earlier than turning to the Englishman. But Valencia selected 25 as an alternative.
The former Wigan winger was not essentially the most glamorous footballer, nor was he the deadliest in entrance of purpose. But it was his work ethic that made him such a fan favourite. Valencia had been Mr Consistent, the participant Ferguson might at all times be trusted in each match.
After a wonderful season 2011/12, Valencia was named the membership’s participant of the 12 months and acquired the celebrated jersey. However, he would solely maintain on to it for a 12 months earlier than returning to quantity 25.
Valencia insisted on feeling extra snug with 25 on their backs. During his time with quantity seven, the Ecuadorian managed just one purpose – though he additionally struggled with accidents.
In whole, Valencia made 339 appearances for the Red Devils earlier than leaving within the summer time of 2019, making 25 appearances and giving 62 assists throughout a ten-year keep.
Di Maria didn’t final lengthy at Man Utd / Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Angel Di Maria’s switch to United is a superb instance of the place the membership failed over time instantly after Sir Alex Ferguson retired. The Argentine by no means seemed like he needed to be there, nervous and uninterested.
It was a case of eager to make a “statement” to point out that the crimson devils nonetheless meant enterprise. But the downside was that the cash was speaking – relatively than the participant’s eagerness to be a part of or his need to be a part of the soccer challenge.
There was lots of pleasure when he shone through the first weeks, however the type dropped shortly … drastically.
Although it grew to become lyrical about having the possibility to hold United’s quantity seven on the time, Di Maria just lately claimed that he “did not give a ***” about it.
There was lots of pleasure about Memphis / Catherine Ivill – AMA / Getty Images
Maybe it was an excessive amount of, too younger for Memphis at United. After Di Maria’s departure, the Dutchman inherited the seven shirts within the hope that he would put on the shirt for a few years to come back.
With ability, tempo, creativity and an actual eye for purpose, Memphis had all of the attributes to succeed at United and it appeared as in the event that they had made a wonderful signing.
But whether or not it was a matter of psychological power or the crew’s total inconsistency that didn’t enable him the possibility to point out his skills often, the previous PSV Eindhoven expertise struggled to make a huge impact.
His expertise was clear for all to see, with followers witnessing his moments of the best high quality. But it was all too irregular, with forwards additionally typically disappearing for giant components of video games.
After reviving his profession with Lyon, Memphis is now with Barcelona.
Man Utd went large to signal Sanchez 2018 / Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez at United: The membership prices round £ 28,800 for each contact of the ball he made, £ 19.8m for every Premier League purpose and £ 40m in whole wage.
United gassed Manchester City to signal the Chilean from Arsenal and despatched Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the other way. But the dimensions of the deal shattered the membership’s wage construction and brought about rather more harm than simply his failure to supply his Arsenal type.
Sure, you’ll be able to take a look at the statistics – 5 objectives in 45 video games – to see how dangerous he was for United, however the issues had been a lot worse. He by no means slot in and by no means actually seemed like a part of the squad. This had a huge impact on the pitch as he gave away the ball repeatedly and struggled to achieve any actual understanding of his teammates’ play.
United handed him over to Inter on mortgage for the 2019/20 season. That deal was made everlasting at the tip of the marketing campaign, regardless that the Red Devils nonetheless stopped paying him to do away with his contract.
Cavani is the one success within the seven jersey since Ronaldo / Phil Noble – Pool / Getty Images
It was as much as Edinson Cavani to lastly break the ‘curse’ for the United quantity seven shirt after his arrival as a free agent in October 2020.
Although he scored 300 membership objectives within the final 10 years, there was nice doubt about veteran Uruguayan when his deal was introduced. He had not performed in six months as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, whereas health issues had begun to restrict his enjoying time.
But Cavani ultimately silenced critics and grew to become a cult hero at Old Trafford. His motion was revered and his mentor relationship with Mason Greenwood appeared to get the perfect out of the homegrown child.
United satisfied Cavani to remain one other season after netting 17 instances in all competitions, though he’ll now put on 21 as an alternative after relinquishing his seventh jersey to Ronaldo.
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