Manchester United failed to sign anyone to inherit their iconic No. 7 shirt in the summer – while the decision was taken to leave it vacant for the time being.

Antonio Valencia decided that, after a year of wearing it, he simply couldn't cope with the additional responsibility of playing in the shirt previously occupied by the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But it doesn't feel right when the famous No. 7 shirt has no owner – so who could be the jersey's next occupier?

Here are five candidates…

5. Nani

How can Manchester United get the best out of Nani? This is a question David Moyes must ask himself – because he agreed to offer the Portugal international a new five-year deal earlier this season.

Nani is still only 27 years old, which suggests the best may still be to come from this undoubtedly talented winger who has always lacked consistency.

Could giving him the famous No. 7 shirt be the key to maximising his potential at Old Trafford?

4. Wesley Sneijder

Manchester United have been linked, yet again, with a move for Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder.

Whether you agree or disagree he's the player United need most right now, there's no doubting his superstar status.

Could the Galatasaray playmaker occupy the No. 7 shirt at Old Trafford?

3. Wilfried Zaha

It's been a frustrating debut campaign with the Red Devils for young winger Wilfried Zaha, who clearly possesses an array of wonderful skills, but does not quite seem ready for regular Premier League football.

Manchester United's No. 7 jersey has been worn by some fabulously gifted players over the years.

Zaha is certainly gifted – but does he have the mental toughness to occupy United's most famous number?

2. Ilkay Gundogan

Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan is on Manchester United's radar – and the Germany international would be, without doubt, a world-class signing.

He wouldn't be a traditional Manchester United No. 7, though. Gundogan is a quality central midfielder, but he won't light up Old Trafford by scoring lots of goals of producing fancy tricks and flicks.

What he would do is strengthen the Red Devils' midfield considerably - and no United fan would complain if he was signed and instantly handed the seven shirt.

1. Adnan Januzaj

One current Manchester United who might be able to handle the pressure is 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj, who looks destined to achieve great things in the game.

The Belgium-born winger has been tipped to make his name as a No. 10, although his impressive versatility means he can also play off the left and right flanks.

He's still very young, so Moyes will not want to lump too much responsibility on his shoulders.

But as Cristiano Ronaldo proved, some special youngsters thrive under such responsibility and pressure.

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