Antonio Valencia explains Man United shirt number change

Antonio Valencia explains his decision to change his Manchester United shirt number back to 25 this season

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Antonio Valencia now wears the No25 shirt Photo: Soccer.ru/Wikimedia

Antonio Valencia has revealed that he asked to change his shirt number at Manchester United in an attempt to rekindle his best form for the Red Devils.

The winger was given United’s famous No7 shirt, whose previous wearers include Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, at the start of last season.

I thought ‘why don’t ‪I go back to 25?’ because I had good times and ‪good fortune in that shirt

Antonio Valencia

But the 28-year-old opted to switch back to his original No25 shirt this term because he felt his performances wearing that number were better.

“‪There is no negative reason as to why I changed ‪it,” Valencia told United Review.

“I don’t want people to think that I wasn’t ‪doing my job for the team because of any added ‪pressure of wearing the number seven shirt, it was more ‪to do with the fact that 25 was the number I had ‪when I first came to the club and I played well ‪wearing that number.

“So I thought ‘why don’t ‪I go back to 25?’ because I had good times and ‪good fortune in that shirt.”

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