He wore the number 7 at PSV and, with the squad set to undergo another big turnaround in the summer, Memphis Depay could have reason to believe that he may just get the same number at Manchester United.
Angel di Maria is of course the current incumbent of the famous Manchester United number 7 shirt. But his future remains in serious doubt and, perhaps the most telling sign of his current Manchester United status under Louis van Gaal, is that he didn’t start the West Brom game after two straight defeats.
We sense that if PSG come in with a big bid Manchester United will cut their losses after just one season with the services of the Argentine.
Even if Di Maria does depart then Depay isn’t guaranteed the number 7. There is constant speculation about Manchester United and Gareth Bale. The hype will only be strengthened after his no show against Juventus on Tuesday evening in The Champions League. And with CR7 once more looking less than happy at Madrid, there is an outside chance that Manchester United will bring the prodigal home.
So Depay’s route to Manchester United’s most famous shirt isn’t straightforward. But there is a decent chance that he will start next season with the No.7 on his back. And one thing is for certain – Depay has the ability, nerve and charisma to do it justice.
Manchester United fans: Would the No.7 shirt put too much pressure on the young star’s shoulders?