Manchester United winger Valencia vindicated on shirt number change

The Ecuador international reverted to his old No.25 over the summer after a disappointing 2012-13 season wearing the club's famous No.7 and is pleased with his "change of fortune"
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is satisfied that his "fortune has changed" since reverting to the No.25 shirt.

Following the departure of Michael Owen from Old Trafford in 2012, the Ecuadorian inherited the Red Devils' famous No.7 but 2012-13 was a poor season for him, prompting a switch back to his old number over the summer.

Some suggested that the change was a sign of the pressure getting to him, having to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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But, speaking to reporters of his decision, Valencia explained: "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.

"So I thought: 'Why don't I go back to 25?' I had good times and good fortune in that shirt.

"There is no negative reason as to why I changed. I don't want people to think I wasn’t doing my job for the team because of any added pressure of wearing the No.7 shirt.

"I suppose I set the bar high in 2012 and then I had a niggling problem with my back, which didn't allow me to train properly. There is no sign of that now.

"I feel great and have been able to train to my maximum and put in 100 per cent. That has been paying dividends in games and I feel my fortune has changed going back to the 25 shirt."