Ever since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, Manchester United has failed to successfully fill the number seven shirt. Many pointed to Luis Nani as being his successor but that didn't work out.
Instead, Nani developed into a different type of player. He did succeed, but not to the extent as Ronaldo did. Here is a list of possible of candidates that may be United’s next number seven.
1. Adnan Januzaj
The 19-year-old Belgian joined United at the age of 16. After playing for the reserves, Januzaj finally broke through into the first team this past season. Januzaj was very impressive during the first half of the season – he scored a brace against Sunderland. In fact, the young Belgian was one of the few bright spots in what was an ill-fated season for Manchester United. The teenager ended the season with 4 goals, 3 assists and had a total of 31 key passes throughout the season. The Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots, eventually noticed his impressive form and included him in Belgium’s world cup squad.
2. Antoine Griezmann
The French winger stunned the world with his displays for Real Sociedad in La Liga. In a league that is heavily dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, Griezmann managed to bag 16 goals in the Spanish First Division. Like Januzaj, Griezmann’s club form has propelled him to the World Cup and into France’s first team. The Frenchmen came on as substitute in France’s round of 16 match against Nigeria and made the team look much more dangerous on the attack. It is likely that after his immense game against Nigeria that he will start France’s tremendous quarter-final against Germany.
3. James Rodriguez
The 22-year-old has played a key role in Colombia’s magical run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Rodriguez has made up for the loss of Radamel Falcao by netting five goals and creating two more. In fact, Rodriguez leads the scoring charts – beating out the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Thomas Muller. His club form, on the other hand, is a slightly different story. The young winger notched nine goals and 12 assists in a mediocre season with Monaco. However, Rodriguez’s current international form shows how much potential he has.
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