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Manchester United Legend Bryan Robson Ranks Clubs Iconic Number 7s

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Manchester United Legend Bryan Robson Ranks Clubs Iconic Number 7s

Legendary Manchester United midfielder Bryan Robson has ranked the wearers of the club's famous number seven shirt, putting himself fourth.

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How United could do with someone of the tenacity of Robson right now, with the club's current captain Harry Maguire's status with the armband being questioned.

Robson was known as Captain Marvel during his time at Old Trafford and helped steer the club through tricky times before winning two Premier League titles.

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Former players voted him the club's greatest player of all time but the 64-year-old doesn't even rate himself in the top three of men who wore number seven at United.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Robson ranked the current wearer of the shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo, as the best to have ever done so.

"1) Ronaldo. No question," the former captain said of the five time Ballon d'Or winner.

"2) Eric Cantona. For the huge dramatic impact he brought to the club at a vital moment.

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"3) George Best. The magician who sometimes wore 7 instead of 11.

Best weaving his magic for United. Image: PA Images
Best weaving his magic for United. Image: PA Images

"4) Robson. If I may.

"5) Steve Coppell. A fabulous player before his bad injury.

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"6) David Beckham. For his impact on the Manchester, English and global football public."

It speaks of the former Middlesbrough manager's humility that he ranks himself behind others, when some believe he's the greatest ever.

Of course it's pretty difficult to argue with Robson with who he's picked ahead of himself, considering the talent on show in the first three spots.

Ronaldo won three league titles and the Champions League during his first spell at United, and captured one of his Ballon d'Or titles such was his brilliance.

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United's current number seven is considered one of the greatest ever players. Image: PA Images
United's current number seven is considered one of the greatest ever players. Image: PA Images

Whilst he'll be eyeing silverware at some point in his second spell at the Theatre of Dreams, the Portugal forward has continued his brilliant personal form since returning in the summer, and already helped his team out of several sticky situations.

Cantona wore the shirt for five years at United, having moved from Leeds United in 1992, and completely changed the fortunes of the club.

The Frenchman was the catalyst for Sir Alex Ferguson's side winning their first league title since 1967 and helped win the first four of United's 13 in the Premier League era.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Manchester United, Premier League, Eric Cantona

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