Manchester United has announced their squad numbers and Dutch forward, Memphis Depay has taken the number 7 jersey after Angel Di Maria departure.
The number 7 jersey is a huge task for players who have passed through the team. Their role is somewhat the most important and second to the goal keepers. Many have compared Depay to the last United legend, Cristiano Ronaldo who really made an extraordinary impact in his term of wearing the number 7 jersey at Manchester United.
From George Best in the 60s to Bryan Robson in the 80s to Cantona in the 90s and David Beckham until 2003, Manchester United number 7s were known as iconic players.
When Ronaldo was handed the number 7 jersey, it was plain to see that he would follow in the footsteps of the players before him. Between 2004 and 2005, Ronaldo struggled to live up to the hype but between 2006 and 2009, Ronaldo finally arrived on the scene, winning the Ballon D’Or and champions league, scoring for fun and mesmerizing defenders.
When Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid for a then world record fee of 100 million Euros, Manchester United handed the 7 jersey to Owen. Few expected Owen to really set Old Trafford alight owing to his injury problems and apparent lack of playing time. Alas, the only time Owen was a hero was his last-gasp winner against Manchester City in the 2010-2011 season.
Following Owen’s departure, Antonio Valencia took the number 7 jersey and didn’t live up to expectation which led the team to go a season without a number 7 until Angel Di Maria arrived for a whopping record fee of 59.3 million pounds .
The number 7 jersey needs a good passer, a wonderful dribbler; creative on the ball with an eye for goal and an all-around classy soccer gem. Although the Argentine winger tried his best, he endured a torrid season and until he finally joined the bench.
Memphis Depay is the new fleet-footed winger, who has an eye for goal and with a lot of suave and confidence to join United’s greatest wearing the 7 jersey. Depay request for the 7 jersey which means, he’s ready to live the 7 dream.
The young lad is confident and while the expectations on the jersey may have dwindled at Old Trafford the number 7 jersey is still quite important at Manchester United and with the 7 jersey at Manchester United comes a huge responsibility.