What are the Man United no.7 shirt’s most iconic moments?


We asked around our (virtual) office, and the Reds amongst us responded with the goals and games that best sum up the magic of arguably the club’s most iconic jersey.

Most were provided by all-time legends, and some by fleeting players who only wore the shirt briefly. But all underline how special that no.7 is…

Ian McLeish, Editor-in-Chief

I wasn’t around to personally witness George Best’s magical evening at Wembley in May 1968, but years of working for the United programme and magazine and repeat viewings of the clips from that legendary European Cup final triumph against Benfica are indelibly etched in my mind. Others to follow in his path – Robbo, Cantona, Beckham, Ronaldo – have undoubtedly helped make that shirt number iconic, but as Bestie wheeled away in triumph having danced around the Benfica goalkeeper Jose Henrique to give United the lead in extra-time, with a single arm aloft and his back to the photographers creating the perfect image, the legend of no.7 was born. When George tragically died in 2005 and United Review paid tribute to him in a forthcoming issue, the shot for the cover chose itself…


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