Mason Mount has finally joined United after a long transfer saga. Man Utd had to bid four times for the 24-year-old before finally agreeing a deal with Chelsea to bring the Englishman to Old Trafford for a whopping £60 million. This makes him United’s first signing of the summer, giving the fans a sigh of relief.
It’s been a very frustrating transfer window for the Red Devils. A prolonged takeover that has now dragged on for over six months, lack of movement in the transfer window, and Harry Kane potentially joining Bayern Munich when United are in dire need of a striker.
Mason Mount Awarded No. 7 at Manchester United
Everyone expected United to look elsewhere after seeing their third bid for Mason Mount knocked down by Chelsea. Nonetheless, Erik Ten Hag tasked United’s chiefs to put forward a fourth bid for the former Chelsea midfielder, and a few days later, Mount was unveiled as a United player.
“I want you to become a very important player to this team,” an excited Ten Hag told Mount as they posed for pictures after the deal was completed. This shows how much faith the Dutchman has in Mount. Oh, and he was also given the famous No. 7 shirt.
Cristiano Ronaldo recently donned the shirt before his ill-fated interview with Piers Morgan spelled the end of the road for him. This has raised a few eyebrows, though. Many expected youngster Garnacho to be handed the No. 7 jersey ahead of the 23/24 season after a breakthrough spell last season.
Players Who Failed with the Iconic No. 7
When you mention the iconic No. 7, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo are the names that come to mind. This number has been given to some of the best United players in history, including the famous George Best.
Young Ronaldo was handed the shirt as a replacement for David Beckham and became the best player in the world. The same can’t be said of Memphis Depay, Angel Di Maria, and Antonio Valencia, who was forced to ditch the shirt for a new one because of the pressure at the time.
Edison Cavani has also worn the shirt. He had a good first season at United, but the second was injury-ravaged, and he was forced to give Ronaldo the jersey upon his second arrival at Old Trafford.
Do you think Garnacho deserved the shirt more than Mason Mount? Who would you have given it to if you had been in charge?