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Four Players You Forgot Wore The Man United no.7 Jersey

Four Players You Forgot Wore The Man United no.7 Jersey
By Mark Farrelly

So as we all know by now, Angel Di Maria has signed for Manchester United and he will wear the number seven shirt, claiming it after after Antonio Valencia decided he didn't want the pressure any more.

It's funny that you can almost trace the success of Man United since the 1940s by the quality of player wearing their no.7 jersey at any time. The likes of Best, Cantona, Beckham and Ronaldo are the players who have made this number legendary but they're not the only guys who have worn it.

Here are a few you may have forgotten about.

Jimmy Delaney

Although squad numbers were not officially handed out to players until 1993, many became synonymous with a certain shirt, and Jimmy Delaney was one such hero.

He was the first player signed by Matt Busby, in 1946, and two years later he was part of the United team who won the FA Cup for the first time in 40 years.

Delaney, who had arrived from Celtic, went on to become the Irish Football League record signing when he signed for Derry City. He would also go on to become player-manager at Cork Athletic.

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Johnny Berry

Berry was one of the Busby Babes who unfortunately was forced to retire due to injuries he sustained in the Munich Air Disaster. However, he did manage to win three league titles during his eight years at the club and was regarded as one of the best young players in Britain.

Apparently he got a job with Massey Ferguson after retiring and lived in a house owned by Man United until 1960, when was asked to leave so new signing Maurice Setters could move. I don't know just how true this legend is though.

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Steve Coppell

The man who still holds the record for the most consecutive outfield player appearances for Man United (207) before he suffered what was pretty much a career ending knee injury and retiring at just 28.

Coppell is better known to the younger generation as a manager but he wasn't a half bad player either.

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Ralph Milne

He definitely won't go down in history as one of the best players to ever wear the no.7 jersey for United. In fact, when discussing Milne, Alex Ferguson said 'I only paid £170,000 but still get condemned for it.'

He was released by United in 1991 and never played professional football again.

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