Manchester United send message to fans who bought Edinson Cavani No.7 shirts

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Manchester Evening News 03 September, 2021 - 08:30am 14 views

What number is Cavani?

Cavani will now wear the number 21 shirt, a number he has never worn at club level but one he has spent the vast majority of his international career wearing since 2010, although he sport the number 7 at the London Olympics in 2012. Manchester Evening NewsEdinson Cavani's new Manchester United number after Cristiano Ronaldo retakes famous number 7

Manchester United have confirmed that supporters who purchased this season's shirt with Edinson Cavani's name and number on the back will be entitled to exchange it for a new one.

The move comes following confirmation that new signing Cristiano Ronaldo will don the No.7 shirt after he completed his fairytale return to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.

Signed on a two-year contract from Juventus, Ronaldo was not expected to be able to claim his trademark No.7 shirt at United because it was already owned by Cavani, and Premier League rules state that shirt numbers cannot be changed or swapped once a season is under way.

However, United have been granted special dispensation by the league, allowing Ronaldo to claim the No.7 shirt and see Cavani make the switch to No.21.

The move has been helped by Daniel James' exit from Old Trafford on Tuesday, with the winger vacating the No.21 shirt after he sealed his move to Leeds United.

Cavani wears No.21 on international duty for Uruguay and has agreed to switch numbers following Ronaldo's arrival at the club.

With the Portugal international's shirt number now confirmed, United have said that all supporters who purchased a shirt with 'Cavani 7' on the back will be entitled to exchange it for a new shirt, so long as it was purchased from United Direct or the Manchester United Megastore and have proof of purchase.

Shirts with 'Ronaldo 7' on the back are now on sale at the Megastore at Old Trafford and the club has released a video to show the huge queue that had formed outside for people to try and lay their hands on the 2021/22 shirt with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's name on the back.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to wear No. 7 jersey at Manchester United again

Yahoo Singapore News 03 September, 2021 - 03:11pm

In an official statement, the club said: “Manchester United can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford. The Portuguese superstar famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell with the club. And we can confirm that Cristiano will have it on his back once again.”

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2021

The No.7 jersey has been worn by several Manchester United legends in the past. The likes of David Beckham, Eric Cantona, and George Best, including Ronaldo, and once again it’ll be donned by the star forward.

In his first spell for Manchester United, The Portugal star spent six seasons at Old Trafford from 2003-2009. Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games. He won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2007/08, the season he helped the Red Devils claim their last UEFA Champions League title. Ronaldo has claimed eight trophies including three Premier League titles plus the Ballon d’Or with Red Devils.

Edinson Cavani, who wore number seven last season at Manchester United, will switch to 21. He also wears the same number jersey on international duty for Uruguay.

“I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again. So I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture,” Ronaldo said after being handed the iconic No.7 jersey.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been released from Portugal international duty #mulive [@PsoccerCOM]— utdreport (@utdreport) September 2, 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday became the highest scorer in international men’s football during Portugal’s World Cup qualifier win over Ireland. Ronaldo scored his 110th goal in the 89th minute to move ahead of former Iranian striker Ali Daei. He now has been released from the national team. The Portuguese forward is likely to make his second debut against Newcastle United on Saturday, Sept. 11.

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Pundit would rather have 'joke' Spurs striker Kane in a cup final than Ronaldo

Football365 03 September, 2021 - 03:11pm

Date published: Friday 3rd September 2021 12:12 - Joe Williams

Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor would rather have Tottenham striker Harry Kane playing for him in a cup final than Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kane wanted a move away from Spurs this summer, before eventually deciding to stay, with the England captain keen on winning trophies before hanging up his boots.

The Tottenham striker has come close on a number of occasions with two runners-up medals in the League Cup, one in the Champions League and another from this summer’s Euro 2020 final with the Three Lions.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, has won five Champions Leagues and multiple titles and cups  in England, Italy and Spain.

The Portugal international has scored 20 goals and provided two assists in the 29 finals he has played in his career, compared to Kane’s zero goals in four finals.

However, Agbonlahor reckons he would rather have Kane in a one-off fixture like a cup final than new Manchester United signing Ronaldo.

On Kane, Jamie O’Hara asked Agbonlahor: “Is he the best striker in the world? Is he right up there?

To which the former Aston Villa striker said: “I think he is, yeah, I think because of what’s happened in the summer, Ronaldo coming to the Premier League, Lukaku, I think we forget about Harry Kane.

“His goal record in the Premier League, his performances last season, dropping off, his assists, his goals. If there’s anyone in the Premier League that you want a chance to fall to it’s Harry Kane, isn’t it? I’ve never seen someone finish like him.”

O’Hara asks: “Who would you have in a cup final? Harry Kane or Ronaldo?”

Agbonlahor replied: “I’m having Harry Kane.”

Agbonlahor added: “If you’re looking at finishing, there’s no-one better than Harry Kane. Whenever he gets that ball you back him, you back him.”

O’Hara said: “I think Ronaldo. In a one-off game!”

Agbonlahor continued: “You know what? Ronaldo because of his history. He’s scored big goals, hasn’t he? In big games, so I understand Ronaldo there. But I’m going off watching Harry Kane in the flesh, playing against him, watching him last season. His finishing is a joke!”

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Manchester United Transfer Window Verdict 2021/22 | THT Opinions

The Hard Tackle 03 September, 2021 - 03:11pm

The summer transfer window of 2021, perhaps the craziest one in recent memory, or even all-time, came to an end earlier this week. A window that saw two of the greatest ever to play the game – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – trade clubs. There were some shock moves, spending records were broken in some cases, and there were quite a few shrewd free transfers as well.

The Premier League, as usual, was a hubbub of transfer activity, with the spending once again going beyond £1 billion. Indeed, as per Deloitte, clubs in the English top-flight spent a gross amount of £1.1 billion, less than what was spent in the last summer, but still a huge sum considering the pandemic-affected market.

Manchester United were again one of the top spenders – second-highest in the league – shelling out £126 million this summer on four new players. At the same time there were a few exits, mostly on loan, and The Hard Tackle now takes a closer look at the 20-time English champions’ business in the summer transfer window in 2021.

INS: Tom Heaton (free transfer), Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo.

OUTS: Daniel James, Sergio Romero (free transfer), Joel Pereira (free transfer), Tahith Chong (loan), Facundo Pellistri (loan), Axel Tuanzebe (loan), Andreas Pereira (loan), Brandon Williams (loan).

Tom Heaton comes in as a direct replacement for Sergio Romero as the third-choice goalkeeper and adds value with his vast experience. Jadon Sancho, given his exploits in his short career, has the potential to be an excellent addition in the immediate sense and for the long-term future, which would make the £76 million transfer fee worth every penny.

Raphael Varane is another top addition, a world-class defender in his prime, for a fee of just £36 million, solidifies the backline, brings in a winning mentality and experience as well. So, both him and Sancho were strong contenders for this section. However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock return to Old Trafford 12 years after he left takes the cake just for the sheer value he will add to the club, both on and off the field.

At 36, he still remains one of the best strikers in the game – one only need to look at his heroics for Portugal this week to realise what he brings to the table. An elite goalscorer, Ronaldo is coming on the back of a spectacular campaign with Juventus, on a personal level at least, as he finished as the top-scorer of Serie A, outscoring Chelsea’s record signing, Romelu Lukaku.

Ronaldo’s presence provides Manchester United with an infallible goalscorer in their midst, and with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba & co. working their magic in behind him, it could spell trouble for opposition defences. Not to mention what his presence will do to the players within the squad. Youngsters like Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford can learn so much from just being around him on the training ground.

All this for a sum of €15 million, payable over five years, along with add-ons worth €8 million. While he may be on a bumper contract, his arrival has already seen Manchester United’s stock value rise by a massive £212 million hours after his arrival. Not to forget the income that he will rake in from merchandise sales and sponsorships. And the impact of his return on the fans cannot be overstated. Old Trafford will be buzzing each time he takes the field.

Daniel James, for all his potential, never looked like a good fit at Manchester United. Apart from the bright starting period upon arriving from Swansea City in 2019, the Welsh winger largely struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford on a consistent basis. There was no shortage of effort while his pace was always a threat, but the lack of end product had been a major gripe.

And, that eventually led to his stature at Manchester United reducing, with Mason Greenwood jumping ahead of James in the pecking order over the past eighteen months or so. Throw in the arrival of Sancho this summer and the return of Jesse Lingard after his loan spell at West Ham United, the 23-year-old was always going to struggle for game time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

So, his sale to Leeds United on the deadline day for a fee of £26 million comes as the right decision. Not only did Manchester United get rid of a player who was going to play a fringe role at best, but also managed to make a decent £10 million profit on him as well.

At the same time, James moves to a club where he is likely to feature much more regularly under Marcelo Bielsa, who had been wanting to sign him for two years now. A win-win for all parties involved.

While there remain a few fans and pundits who wanted to see Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek leave, it is perhaps, Phil Jones’ situation that would go down as the biggest miss for Manchester United this summer. The 29-year-old England defender, who is one of the longest-serving members of the current squad, has not played in over eighteen months for the Red Devils due to injury and fitness issues.

With the signing of Varane, he drops down a peg further in the pecking order behind the Frenchman, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, essentially becoming the club’s fifth-choice centre-half and is unlikely to see any meaningful game-time, whatsoever. There had been some degree of interest from clubs in the Premier League as well as the Championship, but a move failed to materialise.

Considering his situation, playing time is important for the Englishman to get his career back on track, but staying put at Old Trafford does little to help him in that regard. From the club’s perspective, they will keep paying significant wages to a player that is unlikely to play much and is also potentially blocking a talented academy youngster’s path to the first-team.

A net spend of £100 million with three absolutely top-notch players in Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane coming in can only be seen as a roaring success for Manchester United in the transfer window. There will be some complaints from the fanbase that a new defensive midfielder was not signed, which could be an issue considering Fred’s misfiring displays.

But, in an overall sense, the depth in the squad across all positions, the quality within the ranks, has certainly made Manchester United a much stronger proposition in comparison to the last season, putting them firmly in contention for the title.

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