Who Will Be The Manchester United’s Next No.7?

Is it at all possible that Jose Mourinho side Manchester United's number seven shirt has become something of a poisoned chalice?

Growing up, any footballer that wore that Manchester United jersey was considered a god.

A player that put on Red Devil's number seven shirt instantly became Manchester United's finest player. It was fact.

You had Eric Cantona, George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Some of the best footballers on the planet - and they took the shirt in and made it their own.

Forward Micheal Owen was the first to start this trend. The former England striker stepped in following Ronaldo's world record departure to Spanish club Real Madrid.

United right-back Antonio Valencia was the next player to be awarded the shirt. It was the  Red devil defender reward for claiming the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award after his superb 2011-12 season.

A year later and the Ecaudorian handed the No.7 shirt back. Was it any coincidence that while he lugged the number Valencia had his worst ever season at Old Trafford? Who notice.

An entire United season went by with the number unfilled. You got the excitement that it was being saved for something special.di maria

Which is why when Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria signed for a club record fee in 2014, many thought he would be the next name on that great, great list.

But after a topsy-turvy season in Old Trafford the 29 years old playmaker left as quickly as he arrived.

Enter Dutchman Memphis Depay. Dutch player of the year and a boy that had all confidence come cockiness of someone who could rescue the number seven list.willian

Willian (Chelsea) - chance of signing: 2/5

The Chelsea midfielder was a Jose Mourinho signing and did brilliantly at Stanford Bridge under the Portuguese. Even during Mourinho's final season at Chelsea the Brazilian was his diamond in the rough.silva

Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco) - chance of signing:3/5

The first thing you need to know about Portugal's Bernardo Silva is that his agent is Jorge Mendes the same as Jose Mourinho's.

The Monaco's playmaker and considered to be one of the brightest rising star in Europe.

Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) - chance of signing: 3/5

At just 19 years old this Denmark's striker is making a serious name for himself.

The Ajax forward has well and truly broken through this season.

Moussa Dembele (Celtic) - Chance of signing: 3/5

The 20 years old striker is having a fantastic first season with Celtic.

The Frenchman always looked a class above at Fulham, and he's really starting to unravel under manager Brendon Rodgers.

Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) - Chance of signing: 2/5

For a 19-year-old in his debut season in Bundesliga, The Frenchman has established himself pretty well within Dortmund's side this term.

A club of Dortmund's dignity will be unlikely to the striker go.mu

Antonie Griezman (Atletico Madrid) - Chance of signing: 4/5

The most likely player to all.

The Frenchman need no introduction. The Atletico Madrid striker would be a fantastic addition to any squad, but you get the perception if he were to sit at the top of a Manchester United attack with Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right, Anthony Martial on the left and Paul Pogba just behind - the Red Devil would be devastating.

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