7 stars who could take Ronaldo’s No7 shirt at Man Utd as transfer window opens

The iconic Manchester United number seven shirt remains available following Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from the club.

Ronaldo departed Old Trafford by mutual consent in November as a result of his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, leaving Erik ten Hag's side short in the attacking department. With the transfer window set to open on January 1, any mid-season arrivals could be the next player to claim the famous number previously worn by David Beckham and Eric Cantona.

Meanwhile, several current Red Devils could also claim the shirt number in the summer, instead. With that in mind, here are seven players who could take Ronaldo's old number.

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Alvaro Morata

A familiar face to fans of the Premier League from a stint at Chelsea, Alvaro Morata is the latest forward to be linked with a move to United.

It is understood that Morata has been identified as a replacement for Ronaldo, with an approach being lined up ahead of the window opening this weekend.

Morata, who has scored five goals for Atletico Madrid this season, has never worn the number seven at club level but has donned the shirt for Spain at each of the three major tournaments he has appeared at.

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Joao Felix

Sticking with Atletico, Ronaldo's international team-mate Joao Felix will reportedly be allowed to leave the club on loan in January.

United are said to have a growing interest in the forward, who can play down the middle, on the left and behind a central striker. The number seven shirt would be familiar to Felix, having held the number at Atletico since signing from Benfica in 2019.

Ten Hag will have to move quickly to sign the 23-year-old, though, with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea all linked with Felix in recent weeks.

Memphis Depay

Unlike the rest of the players on this list, Memphis Depay has already been United's number seven, having worn the shirt between 2015 and 2017.

He could do so once again in the new year, with United amongst the clubs being tipped to sign him as his time at Barcelona appears to be over.

Despite the potential for a low-price deal, as Depay's Barca deal expires in the summer, United fans are uncertain on the move and have urged the club not to bring the Dutch forward back to the club.

Antoine Griezmann

As well as being linked with Atletico's current number seven, United have also been keeping tabs on their former number seven, according to reports.

However, any deal for Griezmann would likely have to wait until the summer, with the Frenchman currently on loan at Atletico from Barcelona. The deal is set to become permanent at the end of the season.

United have been tipped to make a move for Griezmann in recent weeks following previous rumours in the summer and in 2019.


If United are unable to find a successor to Ronaldo during the January transfer window, then Antony is one of the current crop of players that could take over the mantle.

United parted with £80million in the summer to sign the Brazilian winger from Ajax, with Antony penning a deal until the summer of 2027.

With Ronaldo still at the club when he arrived, Antony instead opted for the number 21 shirt previously worn by Edinson Cavani and Daniel James.

Jadon Sancho

Another big-money winger to join the club in recent times, Jadon Sancho was also denied the number seven shirt despite arriving before Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford.

At the time of Sancho's signing from Borussia Dortmund, Cavani still occupied the shirt number, forcing the Englishman to instead snap up the number 25.

Sancho previously wore number seven throughout his time in Germany, having been handed the squad number following his move to Dortmund from Manchester City at the age of 17.

Alejandro Garnacho

Alejandro Garnacho became only the seventh player in United's history to wear the number 49 this season after previously wearing 75 on the back of his shirt.

The teenage winger has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign so far, scoring three goals and adding three assists in 13 appearances across all competitions.

Expectations are high for Garnacho at Old Trafford and his performances have hinted that he could be handed the iconic number seven shirt sooner rather than later.


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