Five players who have felt the curse of the number 7 shirt at Manchester United
Over the years, Manchester United have had their best players donning the number 7 jersey. The legacy that started with George Best, who was arguably one of the best players of his generation. Bryan Robson continued that legacy after Best and was known as the 'Captain Marvel' among the United faithful.
Then came Eric Cantona in the Sir Alex Ferguson era and the flamboyant striker gave that shirt a different dimension. The French man was loved by Manchester United and almost all the youngsters of the 'Class of 92' looked up to him.
After Cantona, David Beckham wore that jersey. The Manchester United academy graduate was one of the best set-piece takers, the world had ever seen. Beckham left for Real Madrid after making that number 7 jersey proud.
Then came a skinny 17-year-old who right now is one of the best players the world has ever seen, Cristiano Ronaldo. During his stay at Manchester United, Ronaldo was scintillating and it was the time when he got his nickname 'CR7'. Just like Beckham, Ronaldo left Manchester United as a legend.
After the Portuguese's departure, no one at the club has really stepped up and performed like the previous number 7's of Old Trafford and in this slideshow, we take a look at the top 5 players who felt the weight of the number 7 at Manchester United:
#5 Michael Owen
Michael Owen signed for Manchester United in the 2009/10 season on a free transfer from Newcastle United. It was a very strange decision on United's part to give a striker who was reaching the end of his career the number 7 shirt. Nevertheless, Owen's introduction to Old Trafford was great as he scored the winning goal in the Manchester Derby that ended 4-3.
But he couldn't really manage to emulate his form with Newcastle United at Old Trafford and was more out of the team, than around it. He left Old Trafford after the 2011/12 season having scored 17 goals in 52 appearances for the Red Devils.