Manchester United announce new number seven for next season
7/4/2012 3:31:14 PM -
Manchester United had a vacancy for their number seven shirt after striker Michael Owen left the club this summer. The shirt is highly valued at the club and many fans wondered who would be wearing it and there had been suggestions that Antonio Valencia deserved it after his performances last season.
And those suggestions have been listened to, the club's Player of the Season will move to the iconic number immediately and wear the shirt in his next match.
The club said on their website:
Antonio Valencia will wear the iconic no.7 shirt for Manchester United in 2012/13.
ManUtd.com can also reveal that summer signings Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa will wear no.25 and no.26 respectively.
Ecuador winger Valencia requested the no.7 shirt - worn previously by United legends such as George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo - following Michael Owen's departure last summer.
The Reds' remaining squad numbers for the 2012/13 season are yet to be confirmed.
Supporters will be happy that Antonio Valencia has got a little more recognition for his work during the last campaign and it shows how comfortable the player is at Old Trafford to take on such an important shirt.
Without being unnecessarily cruel to Michael Owen it's fair to say he didn't really grow into the shirt and becomes one of the famous owners to add to people like Best, Robson, Cantona, Beckham and Ronaldo. Hopefully it will bring Antonio Valencia more luck.