Alexis Sanchez aims to join list of great Man United No7s after signing from Arsenal

Sport360 staff 01:04 23/01/2018
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Alexis Sanchez inherits the famous No. 7 shirt at Manchester United.

Chile international Alexis Sanchez has completed his move from Arsenal to Manchester United and will take the number seven shirt.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the other players who have worn the jersey with success in the past.

JOHNNY BERRY (1951-58)

Berry was one of the Busby Babes who was forced to retire due to injuries he sustained in the Munich air disaster. However, he did manage to win three league titles during his eight years at the club and was regarded as one of the best young players in Britain.

GEORGE BEST (1963-74)

Not exclusively a number seven. Indeed, Best probably wore number 11 more often. However, on the greatest night of his footballing life, when United defeated Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley, he was wearing the seven shirt. He also won two Division One titles with United.

George Best wore No. 7 the night he led United to European Cup glory in 1968.

George Best wore No. 7 the night he led United to European Cup glory in 1968.

STEVE COPPELL (1975-83)

He may not quite have the profile of some of the others to wear the shirt but Coppell kept the number seven for six years on his arrival at United. He wore it in three FA Cup finals, including the 1977 victory over Liverpool.

Steve Coppell wore the No. 7 with distinction.

Steve Coppell wore the No. 7 with distinction.

BRYAN ROBSON (1981-94)

Coppell switched when Robson made his British record move from West Brom in 1981. The inspirational midfielder became the first player to captain three FA Cup-winning teams, also led United to the 1991 European Cup Winners’ Cup, and the League Cup before getting his hands on the first Premier League title in 1993.

Bryan Robson was the first great No. 7 of the modern era.

Bryan Robson was the first great No. 7 of the modern era.

ERIC CANTONA (1992-97)

When the Premier League made squad numbers mandatory at the start of the 1993-94 campaign, Cantona was handed the shirt. The Frenchman had already earned himself a place in United folklore and went on to win four titles and two FA Cups, scoring the winner against Liverpool in the 1996 final, when he had also been named captain.

Cantona brought an aura to the No. 7 shirt that has rarely been matched.

Cantona brought an aura to the No. 7 shirt that has rarely been matched.

DAVID BECKHAM (1992-2003)

After Cantona’s sudden retirement, Beckham jumped at the chance to switch from 10 to seven. It meant he was the player who wore the shirt during the 1998-99 treble-winning campaign, and the subsequent titles in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

David Beckham made the No. 7 famous.

David Beckham made the No. 7 famous all over the world.

CRISTIANO RONALDO (2003-09)

Beckham’s profile meant there was always going to be a spotlight on who inherited the shirt and Ronaldo proved to be the perfect successor in more ways than one. During a six-year stint in which he won three league titles he was also crowned World Player of the Year in 2008 for his phenomenal 42-goal contribution to a campaign in which United also won the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester United's last great No. 7.

Cristiano Ronaldo was Manchester United’s last great No. 7.

Lead image taken from Manchester United’s official Instagram account

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