Manchester United have been backed to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo should he be forced to leave Juventus this summer. The Portugal international may be sold by the Serie A giants, who are struggling financially amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Express Sport now takes a look at the squad numbers the 35-year-old could take if he makes a sensational return to Old Trafford this summer.
When Ronaldo first joined United, he wanted to wear the No 28 shirt.
It was his jersey at Sporting Lisbon but, after a chat with Sir Alex Ferguson, he was convinced to take the No 7 shirt instead.
Ronaldo justified the club’s faith by shining with that number on his back, propelling the Red Devils to three straight Premier League titles.
The Juventus star also won the Champions League while at Old Trafford, scoring in the final victory over Chelsea in 2008.
Ronaldo has made the number iconic over the years, both at Real Madrid and Juve as well.
And with Alexis Sanchez unlikely to be at Old Trafford next season, United could give Ronaldo his favoured jersey.
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Should Sanchez stay at United, that could mean Ronaldo having to take a different number instead.
And the No 11 shirt could appeal.
It was worn by Ryan Giggs when Ronaldo was first at United and the Wales international made it his own.
Adnan Januzaj and Anthony Martial have both struggled with the No 11 on their back.
But Ronaldo has the courage and self-confidence to do it justice.
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The thought of Ronaldo wearing anything other than No 7 seems strange.
But if Sanchez stays he may have no choice but to take a different jersey instead.
Ronaldo wore No 9 at Real Madrid fleetingly earlier in his career and, with that taken, could take on the No 19 shirt instead.
United have given that to their forwards in recent years, including Danny Welbeck, Marcus Rashford and James Wilson.
And Ronaldo could be the latest.
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As mentioned above, Ronaldo wore the No 28 during his time in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon.
And with any move to United likely to be the last move of his career, the Juventus star could bring things full circle.
Axel Tuanzebe currently wears the jersey at Old Trafford.
But the centre-back could have his number changed to reflect his growing status at the club, even if injuries have hampered him this season.
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