David Moyes admits that Antonio Valencia psychologically is better off after giving up the iconic number 7 shirt to return to his old squad number, 25.
Valencia signed for Manchester United from Wigan Athletic for £16million back in 2009, wearing the number 25 in his debut season before switching to the number 7 shirt made famous by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, & Eric Cantona.
But, back before the season start, Valencia requested that he would be issued the number 25 shirt for the 2013/14 season, giving up the famous number 7. A decision that seems to have built his confidence back up after somewhat pressure from such an iconic squad number.
Valencia scored Manchester United’s forth goal midweek in their 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen and reds boss David Moyes has asked him to go out and score more.
Speaking at Friday’s press conference from Carrington, David Moyes said:
“He has done very well
“They keep telling me that he needed to change his number so we got that changed for him!
Sometimes, psychologically, it can make a difference to a player.
“Overall, I’ve been really pleased with him. I actually said to him today:
“You should be getting yourself seven or eight goals a season regularly.
“He looked at me and squinted a bit! Hopefully he knows what I mean!
“I don’t know how many he scored last season, I think it was only one or two.
“He’s got off to a good start and hopefully he’ll get close to the target I’d like to him get this season.”
Hopefully Antonio Valencia can kick on now and find a good run of form, running at the opposition and striking fear into defenders once again.