Khabib Nurmagomedov thanked Manchester United for welcoming him to Old Trafford, but apologized to legends David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo for “taking” the No.7 shirt.
However, the retired UFC champion can hardly be considered a lucky mascot as the Red Devils were held in check 1-1 by Everton.
Khabib is at Man United today
Khabib is a big football fan and supports Real Madrid
Khabib was pictured at Old Trafford as a special guest for the Premier League clash on Saturday midday.
It was no surprise to see him brandishing a shirt with his name on top of the number 7, which is notoriously worn by one of his sports heroes.
The Russian and Ronaldo go back a long way, having become close friends during the Portuguese striker’s time at Real Madrid, which Khabib supports.
In fact, Khabib claimed they spoke almost every day, discussing everything from the veteran’s dream of becoming a footballer to their families.
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Ronaldo and Khabib are close friends
He wrote on Instagram before the game: “It’s a great honor [sic] to visit this legendary stadium, at the invitation of the legendary Manchester United football club.
“Thank you for the warm welcome.
“I hope Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham don’t mind that I get number 7.
“I’m not going to get lost in this T-shirt, because I’m going to hang it on the wall in the frame, where it is most visible in my house.”
Conor McGregor, meanwhile, posted a photo of himself in a classic Man United top on the same day the club hosted their UFC rivals.
“I wish you all a happy Saturday,” he wrote with a flashing emoji accompanying his post.
While Khabib was hosted by Man United. McGregor posted this photo
Andros Townsend secured the Toffees a earned run for United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stumbled in the international break.
Just three days after Cristiano Ronaldo’s stoppage-time winner against Villarreal, the Red Devils were back in action and looking to build much-needed momentum.
Anthony Martial’s first goal for United in eight months put Solskjaer’s men on the way to victory, only for Townsend to secure Rafael Benitez’s men a 1-1 draw and frustrate the Old Trafford loyalists.