Man Utd's Number 7s Ranked Since Ronaldo Left Old Trafford in 2009

Mudeet Arora
Ranking Man Utd's number 7s since Ronaldo left the club
Ranking Man Utd's number 7s since Ronaldo left the club / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo returned back to Manchester United recently and it has been confirmed that the Portuguese maestro will wear his iconic number 7 jersey at Old Trafford.

Much has been always said about the importance of the number 7 jersey at United with legends like George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham among those who have donned the number.

Ronaldo left Manchester United in the year 2009 and since then, six players have worn the #7 jersey at Old Trafford.

Today, we rank them from best (1) to worst (6):

1. Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia was hands down the best number 7 that Man Utd had after losing Cristiano Ronaldo / Phil Cole/Getty Images

Valencia was Ronaldo's immediate successor to the number 7 jersey and he tops our list because of what an incredible player he was for United.

The Ecuadorian made 339 appearances across ten seasons for United and played in two positions for the club, starting as a winger before moving to a full-time right-back role.

His pace on the right side of the pitch and the ability to put in crosses led him to become a leader at the club and so, he ranks first in our list.

2. Michael Owen

Michael Owen
Michael Owen was Man Utd's second best number 7 after Cristiano Ronaldo / AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool legend Michael Owen coming second on the list of best Manchester United number 7s is weird, but there is no chance we'd ignore the fact that he played a big role in helping United winning a Premier League title.

THAT goal against Manchester City in the 96th minute as well as his hat-trick against Wolfsburg in the Champions League makes him worthy of being the second best number 7 at United after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Real Madrid.

3. Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani was a pretty successful Man Utd number 7 / BSR Agency/Getty Images

When Manchester United signed Cavani last summer on deadline day, a player no other club was ready to take, everyone thought they knew the Red Devils were taking a gamble.

And my word, how that gamble has paid off!

The Uruguayan has become a cult-hero at Old Trafford and came up with incredible performances and goals for United.

He definitely did justice to the number 7 jersey as long as he wore it.

4. Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay
Depay was pretty average as United's number 7 / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Two seasons at the club as the number 7 weren't enough for Memphis Depay to prove his worth to Manchester United.

The Dutchman, brimming with talent, was expected to be the next big thing at United, but he just did not get started and could be termed as a flop.

5. Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez ranks among the best number 7s in Manchester United history / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It was tough to not keep one of the biggest transfer failures in Premier League history, Alexis Sanchez last in this list, but nonetheless, he definitely was one of the the worst number 7 United had.

Sanchez managed just five goals in 45 appearances for United before being sent on loan to Inter, who then permanently signed him.

6. Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria has been the worst number 7 since Ronaldo left 2009 / STEVE PARKIN/Getty Images

Signed for £60m, Angle Di Maria was the first big transfer United made since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure from the club.

The Argentine's arrival was met with extreme excitement among the Old Trafford faithful.

After an excellent debut against Leicester City, Di Maria just withered away as he simply could not adjust to Manchester as a place.

The worst probable part about the above is he didn't even attempt to revive himself before being sold in a £44m deal to PSG.

Since leaving the club, Di Maria has been vocal about his dislike for then manager Louis van Gaal and the city of Manchester.

United fans too never hold back when criticising the player and claiming that Di Maria was a flop who took the easy way out and ran away from a challenge.