Memphis Depay gives up Number 7 shirt due to “intense pressure”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER United forward, Memphis Depay, has announced he is to give up the iconic “Number 7” shirt due to the “intense pressure”. The shirt, which has been famously worn by United legends like Cantona, Ronaldo and Owen, was chosen by Depay upon his arrival at Old Trafford.

But the Dutch international has since spoken of the pressure of wearing the shirt and has asked United if he can switch.

“It can be difficult coming to England for a Dutch player because the league in Holland is so shit,” Memphis told FMFN. “On top of that, the pressure of following people like Di Maria, Owen and Valencia was all too much for me.”

The number 33 shirt made famous by Bebe, will be Depay’s new number from January 1st onwards: “I think my style of play is more suited to number 17 or 33, but Daley has the number 17 shirt, so I chose 33 since that was available.”

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When asked how Paddy McNair felt about Memphis taking his current squad number, the Dutchman replied, “Who?”

Manchester United’s PR department denied they were struggling to identify a worthy wearer of the iconic number, after many senior players refused to be considered. Ashley Young is currently the leading contender to replace Depay as United’s number 7, although Marouane Fellaini is thought to be also in contention.

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