Man United’s Antonio Valencia aims to make history in famous No7 shirt
Antonio Valencia is aiming to join the list of Manchester United all-time greats to have worn the club's prestigious No7 shirt
Antonio Valencia admits he hopes to create his own bit of history in Manchester United’s prestigious No7 shirt.
The Ecuador international was handed the shirt number after Sir Alex Ferguson decided to release its former occupier Michael Owen in May.
Valencia follows in the footsteps of the likes of David Beckham, George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have all worn United’s famous No7 – and the former Wigan Athletic star says he is “humbled” to have been handed the honour by the 19-time English champions.
“I’m excited to be wearing the No7 shirt in the coming season,” Valencia told United’s website.
“It’s a number I really respect because so many great players have worn the shirt and made history for Manchester United in it.
“Now I hope I can write my own. It’s a new adventure but it’s something that I’m very relaxed about and also humbled by.”
Valencia, who has made 107 appearances for the Red Devils since completing a £16m switch from Wigan in 2009, says the United squad have made winning the Premier League and Champions League their priority after ending last season trophyless.
“All the players are feeling good about the new season. There is a great team spirit amongst everyone,” add Valencia.
“We are all looking forward to the new campaign. On a personal level, I want to be involved in every game, but to be honest I think more from a team perspective and I’d love us to win all the competitions we play in, particularly the Premier League and Champions League.
“We are Manchester United and those are the trophies we should always be aiming to win.”