David Moyes has left the minds of Manchester United fans soaring after suggesting the vacant No. 7 shirt could soon be filled by a big name.
"You'll have to work that one out for yourself," replied Moyes when asked if he was reserving the shirt for an incoming player.
Speculation toward the new No. 7 intensified when Mata was handed the No. 8 shirt upon his £37 million arrival from Chelsea, per United's official Twitter account:
Many believed the Spaniard would receive the club's iconic number, but there's no denying Mata isn't the traditional No. 7 United have often utilised throughout their history.
He doesn't possess the outright pace of players such as George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo, nor does he hug the touchline like David Beckham used to.
Onlookers may be forgiven for trying to work out where Mata will fit in, especially with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj looking to play a huge role in United's future.
Moyes believes his second Old Trafford signing can slot into a number of positions, as highlighted in McDonnell's report:
Juan has come to play three positions – off the right, off the left and behind the striker.
He gives me a lot flexibility and I certainly don’t have any problems at this moment in time concerning how I play him.
A potential No. 7 could arrive in the shape of Marco Reus, per Jason Burt of The Telegraph. Many will also yearn for the return of Ronaldo, but the Ballon d'Or winner is unlikely to leave Real Madrid after considering a United return in the summer, per Sky Sports.
Moyes' first No. 7 in charge will play under huge pressure, as highlighted by Antonio Valencia's decision to vacate the shirt back in August, per Richard Jolly of ESPN FC.
Whoever the new wearer turns out to be, they have the potential to follow in the footsteps of legends and make themselves a United icon.
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