United's Number 7s Since Ronaldo Have Scored Just 15 League Goals

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

Signing for the club as a relatively unknown teenager in 2003, the Portuguese global would soon establish himself as one of the very best players in the world.

It's actually 10 years ago today that Real Madrid and United agreed an £80m fee for Ronaldo.

He was then followed by Valencia, who was signed from Wigan as a right-winger replacement for Ronaldo in 2009 but switched from the No 25 shirt to No 7 for the 2012-13 season.

Other than scoring a dramatic late victor against Manchester City, his time was an unpleasant one riddled with injuries.

So there you have it, the Man United number seven shirt has been hexed since Ronaldo's departure and with the clubs recent record of duff signings fans of the Old Trafford outfit could be forgiven for thinking it may be a while before they see a player capable of living up to the famous number seven shirts rich traditions.

Owen signed for free the summer that Ronaldo left and stayed at Old Trafford for three seasons, scoring just five goals in the league and another 12 in all competitions.

Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and current occupant Alexis Sanchez have collectively transformed the famous jersey into a cursed garment, possessing a goal return of just 1.5, on average per season.

But, he too has failed to live up to expectations.

The Chilean forward has played 32 times in the league for United and scored just three goals.

The Dutchman lasted a season and a half under Louis van Gaal and latterly Jose Mourinho, scoring twice in the league and seven in all, with all his goals coming in the first season.

So, in total, United's number sevens have scored just 15 Premier League goals.

Next came Memphis Depay, who opened himself to more pressure than he was already under as the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo, ' as described by some at the time, by asking for Ronaldo's old number.

But since he departed for Real Madrid, those following in his foot-steps - and those of legends such as George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Eric Cantona - have only managed to cobble together 15 goals between them. That's just 317 more than what Man United's number 7s have achieved in the same time frame.

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