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5 players who failed to live up to iconic jersey numbers

Modified 29 Jul 2015
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#2 Manchester United number 7 - Angel Di Maria

Cristiano Ronaldo Angel Di Maria Manchester United
Angel Di Maria couldn’t quite replicate the form shown by Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester’s United’s iconic No.7 jersey

The best in the business have worn the “famous number 7” at Old Trafford.

George Best, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo have all had the honour of wearing the shirt that every United player covets, and each of those players has done himself justice in the colours of the Red Devils.

Many of United’s most iconic moments have come from the players mentioned. Cantona’s chip, Beckham’s goal from the halfway line, Ronaldo’s free kick against Portsmouth...we would be here all day.

What a shame then that another player with a super reputation wasn’t able to be the next in line to the throne.

Angel Di Maria’s tenure at Manchester United has been uncomfortably bad and Louis van Gaal needs to take the blame to a certain extent. Shoehorning players into a system that he wants to play rather than what suits his players was only ever going to end one way. Look at Radamel Falcao as another example. Both he and Di Maria are still players of the highest quality and will prove to be so at Chelsea and PSG respectively.

However, the 2014/15 season can’t be erased from memory. Four goals in 32 appearances in all competitions is not what you would expect from a £59.7 million man.

Published 29 Jul 2015, 17:06 IST
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