Jadon Sancho appears destined to put on the No.7 shirt at Manchester United, however provided that Edinson Cavani lets him.
The Borussia Dortmund and England winger is near sealing a £73million transfer to Outdated Trafford after finishing his medical.
Sancho has donned the No.7 shirt throughout his time with Dortmund which has yielded 50 targets in 104 matches – a formidable tally given he’s solely 21 years previous.
And it’s much like one other participant who famously wore the No.7 shirt at Manchester United… Cristiano Ronaldo.
Earlier than the age of 22, Ronaldo scored 62 targets for membership and nation as he lit up Outdated Trafford throughout his six-year spell.
Regardless of these promising indicators, Manchester United followers will likely be effectively conscious of the ‘cursed’ No.7 shirt since Ronaldo joined Actual Madrid for a then world report £80m payment in 2009.
Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez scored a mixed complete of 14 targets whereas carrying the long-lasting quantity.
Nonetheless, when it appeared just like the ‘curse’ would by no means finish, Cavani rocked up in Manchester final yr.
Signing a one-year deal on the age of 33, a bit of followers have been sceptical about how he would regulate to life in England.
Nonetheless, the striker exceeded everybody’s expectations as he ended his debut season with 17 targets in 39 matches.
And Cavani’s spectacular type all occurred whereas carrying the No.7 shirt!
So, is the ‘curse’ lastly over?
Cavani signed a one-year contract extension in Could and can naturally have first dibs over the No.7 shirt.
He has been a staff participant on the pitch for United, however it will be a rare act of selflessness if Cavani provides up his quantity for Sancho.
Usually, the No.7 shirt is worn by wingers, not strikers, and if Sancho can have the same influence to Ronaldo at Outdated Trafford, then United followers are in for a deal with.
The 36-year-old ahead netted 117 targets for United and lifted three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and the Champions League in a trophy-laden stint.
Sancho has already tasted success as Dortmund received the German Cup final season, so he’ll carry a profitable mentality to United, who haven’t lifted silverware since 2017.
Sure, it’s only a quantity on the again of a shirt, however seeing Sancho with the No.7 shirt simply feels proper.