Poll: Which Man Utd number seven does Memphis have to aspire to?


Louis van Gaal may have “wanted to kiss” Memphis Depay after last night’s display against Club Brugge, but it’s fair to say the Dutchman has a way to go to match the exploits of other Manchester United number sevens.

On arrival from PSV Depay was handed the iconic Red Devils shirt, with the onus on him to show that he warranted a £31m outlay by the Old Trafford outfit.

Two Premier League games have seen the 17-capped man fly under the radar somewhat, but he came to life on Tuesday.

A brace of fantastic goals sees United handed a strong 3-1 advantage going into the second leg of their Champions League play-off.

But while Memphis has now got off the mark in the famous shirt, he’s got a long way to go to match the exploits of former United number sevens. That’s why today’s poll is a simple one, who has been the best Manchester United number seven of all time?

George Best

Surely the first truly iconic Red Devils number seven, Best started his career dazzling the Stretford End in 1963, aged 17.

He’s the only candidate in our poll to total three-figures in the League goal-scoring stakes, bagging a total of 137 Division One goals in 361 appearances in a extraordinary career.

Eric Cantona

Wherever Cantona went, headlines were written. Whether they were for the right or wrong reason varied, but one thing is for sure, he was a wonderful footballer.

Goals, celebrations and interviews about seagulls following trawlers meant the Frenchman is one of the stand-out players in a classic Premier League era.

David Beckham

The cool kid in the Class of 92, Beckham’s curtains stormed onto the scene in 1996 with ‘that goal’ from the half-way line against Wimbledon.

What followed was the creation of a footballing legend as the free-kick master picked up six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League medal with United.

Cristiano Ronaldo

One for the modern era. Love him or hate him there is no denying Ronaldo’s talents.

Arriving from Sporting Lisbon for £12.24m, the Portuguese attacker was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most influential purchases, netting 42 goals in 49 appearances in his most potent season in 2007-08.

So there you have it, your four candidates. Who was the best of the lot? Vote now!

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.