Antonio Valencia has been praised by Manchester United manager David Moyes for his recent good form - citing the winger's change in number as a reason for his upturn in form.
The winger changed from his previous number seven shirt to the number 25 in reference to the number wore by his friend and international colleague Christian 'Chucho' Benitez, who died earlier this year. Speaking to Manchester United's official website, David Moyes has hailed the influence this has had on his performances:
"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."
After scoring against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, Valencia has been set a goalscoring target for the season by David Moyes:
"I 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 [it was one - against West Ham].
"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."
Antonio Valencia has made 105 appearances for Manchester United after signing for Wigan in 2009. Despite getting into some very good positions and racking up assists for the Reds, Valencia has only scored 11 goals in his time in Manchester.
Manchester United face Manchester City at the Etihad this season, with both sides equal on points after four games.
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