A Manchester United player pictured wearing Cristiano Ronaldo’s number 7 shirt during a training session

Manchester United right-back and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portuguese team-mate Diogo Dalot was spotted wearing his number seven shirt while training in Perth during his pre-season tour.

Manchester United are currently in Australia for their pre-season tour. They started the tour with three wins from three and will face Aston Villa in their next assignment on Saturday July 23.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only Red Devil not on the circuit. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner cited ‘family reasons’ for his absence and would seek a move away from the club.

Dalot was spotted sporting the number seven in his tracksuit during a training session at WACA Stadium in Perth. Dalot has previously been seen wearing the number 20 jersey and tracksuit during the tour.

Diogo Dalot was seen sporting the number 7 shirt in Perth.
Diogo Dalot was seen sporting the number 7 shirt in Perth.

According to United in Focus, Dalot only wore the number temporarily and may have done so as a tribute to his Portuguese teammate.

Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to stay at the club and has been linked with a number of Champions League sides in recent weeks.

Manchester United and Erik ten Hag start strong despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly offered him to several clubs over the past few weeks. But the Portuguese ace has struggled to find a club willing to take him so far.

While his presence could have been hugely helpful for the new team under Ten Hag, Manchester United have looked strong on their pre-season tour so far.

The team showed a willingness to play from the back and maintained a high defensive line without possession. The full-backs showed newfound energy and were willing to make forward runs whenever possible. The team also seemed fluid in attack and created chances at will in all three games.

Ten Hag suggested there was plenty of room for improvement. As Manchester United get used to the new manager system, several old faces are also expected to play an important role. This includes Anthony Martial, who potentially has one final season to prove his worth at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Fred, Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and several other players will enter the new season with points to prove. While more new signings are expected, the team might be able to exceed expectations if some of the players already at the club show drastic improvement.

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