Five best players to wear the number 7 shirt at Manchester United

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With recently being made Manchester United's newest owner of their famous number seven shirt, can Memphis Depay emulate the greats that have previously worn the number?

Having bagged a brace on his way to becoming man of the match in United's crucial Champions League first leg qualifier against Club Brugge of Belgium, the Old Trafford faithful will be quietly excited about their new number 7.  

But who are the best players to pull on the number 7 shirt for United? Here are five great players to consider.


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5. Bryan Robson

"Captain Marvel," as he was known by the United fans in the 80's and early 90's.  Creative range of passing, endless stamina, an eye for goal with his feet and head and controlled aggression in the tackle meant Robson was an all-round midfielder and captain.

Marauding from box to box, he always seemed to be in the thick of action- something that inevitable contributed to a list of injuries that would hamper his career for club and country.  With 345 appearances, 74 goals, two league titles, three FA cups and a European cup winners cup medal in 13 years at United, he has to take his place safely in the top five.  

4. David Beckham

Crazy to think that Becks only arrives in fourth place but it just shows the amount of talent we are dealing with here.  Now arguable football's biggest name, he announced himself with that 57 yard strike against Wimbledon back in 1996.

He controlled United's right flank through their most successful decade in history, winning everything there was to win at club level.  Flying up and down the wing with one of the best right foots in the business, Becks supplied United's forwards with crosses that their grannies could've put away.  Deadly at set-pieces, determined in defense with a great engine and lazer like passes, Becks was one of the best players in the world through the late 90's and early 2000's and slots into the top five easily. 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo 

What can you say about this mountain of a football player?  Well, plenty actually- pace, power, sublime tricks, could take players on, scored goals with either foot, sprung like a gazelle and he had an intense will to win- frightening the life out of opposition players and fans in the process.

In the 2007/08 season his talents really came to the fore when he scored an incredible 42 goals in all competitions, firing United to their third European Cup win.   Inevitably, after scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances, Ronaldo left Old Trafford for a world record £80million, as he signed for Real Madrid in 2009.  A price tag that mirrored the talent of the man.

2. Eric Cantona

"Good old Eric!"  Walking out onto the Old Trafford pitch with his chest out and collar upright, the man was just born to play for United.  Stolen from Leeds in the early 90's for a mere £1.2 million, the flamboyant Frenchman arrival coincided with the reds winning the inaugural Premiership title. 

His flare, pose and unwavering confidence endeared him to the fans immediately- who can forget his celebration against Sunderland when he scored that stunning chip?  Different from any other player and sometimes down-right crazy, he meandered over the pitch poetically.  At times he looked like the game was as easy as a Sunday stroll, showing his ultimate class and genius.

1. George Best

Generally regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.  His speed, balance and close control could only be rivalled by the likes of Maradona and Messi.  He played the game with endless trickery and joy, the way it should be played.

Troubled with matters outside football, it is frightening to think that we probably didn't see all the majestic, shy Irishman had to offer.  In an age where players weren't protected by the referee and players like Best were repeatedly kicked off the park, we can only think that the little magician would be deadly in our modern game and definitely deserves to be in first place on this list.

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