EDINSON CAVANI is the new Manchester United No7 – but will he be able to break the recent ‘curse’?
The Uruguayan striker, 33, was released by Paris Saint-Germain when his contract ended in June.
He penned a one-year £200,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford on deadline day with an option of a further 12 months.
And United confirmed on Tuesday Cavani has taken the famous No7 shirt.
United heroes George Best, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo all shone with the number on their back during their spells at Old Trafford.
But it has not proven a good omen in recent years with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez crumbling under the pressure of its history.
One fan said: “Hopefully he does the number proud.”
Another wrote: “Ahhh man this is risky…”
And a third commented: “I love Cavani but giving him the number 7 is a disgrace. Hope he will prove us all wrong though.”
Cavani, though, is confident and cannot wait to get going with his new team-mates.
He told the club website: “Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here.
“I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester.
“I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always – work, work, work.
“I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”
However, the striker admitted he considered quitting football when his girlfriend Jocelyn Burgardt tested positive for coronavirus.
He said: “Your family’s health comes first. Of course, I considered the idea of quitting football.
“We have suffered through the coronavirus with my family and with my girlfriend.”