Five possible contenders for Manchester United's number seven shirt

Manchester United’s iconic number seven shirt has been crying out for a worthy owner since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club ten years ago. Which players will be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shortlist who could do the iconic shirt justice?

Alexis Sanchez’s season-long loan switch to Inter Milan could prove beneficial for both parties but United are still paying a significant proportion of his wages.

The superstar signing of Sanchez was meant to catapult United back to the club’s former glory, but the Chilean failed to recapture the dazzling form he produced during his time at Arsenal.

Solsjkaer has shown his ruthless streak this summer, discarding a wealth of experienced players that don’t fit into his philosophy.

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A piovtal part of the rebuild will no doubt involve finding a worthy owner of the iconic number seven shirt previously worn by some of United’s most decorated players.

Could any of these contenders fancy their chances of revitalising the famous jersey…

Jadon Sancho

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Europe’s top clubs will be ready to strike when the talented English winger decides to embark on a new challenge and leave Borussia Dortmund.

The former Manchester City academy star would certainly get the Old Trafford crowd out of their seats and after a breakthrough season last year, Sancho clearly seems to relish the big stage.

Kai Havertz

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The talented midfielder is another world class prospect that United’s current side are crying out for. A summer move didn’t materialise for the 20-year-old but Bayer Leverkusen will be aware that they are on borrowed time with their young startlet.

United need an injection of quality and would certainly benefit from Havertz’s eye for goal, the German scored 20 goals in all competitions last season and is already off the mark in the new campaign.

Ousmane Dembele

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The speedy Frenchman has certainly had his fair share of injury concerns during his time at Barcelona but when he is fit, he can torment defences.

The 22-year-old might not be the most popular of players at the Nou Camp right now after he turned down a summer switch to Paris Saint Germain, which meant that Neymar’s sensational return fell through.

The two-footed winger may have to seek a new challenge if he finds himself playing second fiddle to Messi, Griezmann and Suarez. United should be keeping a close eye on how his season unravels.

Tahith Chong

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United’s own promising talent has a bright future ahead and he will be hoping that Solskjaer gives him ample chances this season to make it a breakthrough year.

The number seven shirt could be left unoccupied for a long period but if Chong seizes his opportunity when it arises, he could push his case.

Wouldn’t it be great to create a superstar rather than buy one?

Daniel James

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United’s latest Welsh wing wizard has had a dream start to life at Old Trafford and already seems set to become a regular in Solskjaer’s starting 11.

Dan James now has as many or more league goals for United than the clubs last three number sevens in Sanchez, Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay.

The former Swansea man impressed Solskjaer with his attitude during pre-season and if he maintains his current form throughout the season fans may demand that James is given the number seven shirt.

The argument against would be that even next season, it would pile too much pressure on the youngster.

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