The Curse Of The Number 7 Shirt At Manchester United Is Shockingly Bad
Manchester United have struggled to replace their last prolific number seven, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since his departure to Real Madrid in 2009, a number of players have tried and failed to live up to the very high expectations of wearing the famous number seven jersey.
After Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009, the number 7 shirt has been cursed. The Manchester United players that have had the number 7 shirt after Ronaldo have only scored 13 league goals in 138 games. [william hill] #MUFC pic.twitter.com/2mfKk4Jncx- Manchester United (@MUFCScoop) September 26, 2018
The likes of Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay struggled for goals in the shirt, while United's current number seven, Alexis Sanchez, has only bagged twice since his arrival from Arsenal in the January window.
Owen could only find the net five times, while Di Maria and Memphis managed just a couple of goals between them.
Is the expectation of wearing such a historic number becoming a burden at Old Trafford?
Manchester United :- Football Accountant (@ftblacnt) September 22, 2018
Number 7 Goals in EPL
Cristiano (03/4-08/09) : 84
Owen (09/10-11/12) : 5
Valencia(12/13-13/14) : 3
Di Maria (14/15) : 3
Memphis (15/16-16/17) : 2
Sanchez (17/18-) : 2*
The fact that those Manchester United players who wore the number 7 have scored only 13 goals in 138 league games is actually quite shocking considering its success down the year.
From the likes of David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona to Cristiano Ronaldo and Bryan Robson, this jersey has always held such high esteem but that has certainly changed in more recent times.
It's been 9 years since Cristiano Ronaldo left Man Utd.- EPL Bible (@EPLBible) September 28, 2018
In those 9 years seven players have worn the number 7 shirt, managing to score a combined 13 league goals.
Crazy. :flushed: pic.twitter.com/sUd0qxNWfh
Just look at those stats.