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Valencia right to ditch no.7 shirt, says Robson

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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes Red Devils star Antonio Valencia made the right decision in switching back to his old no.25 shirt.

The Ecuadorian winger decided to vacate the iconic no.7 shirt, which had previously been worn by the likes of David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo, during the summer.

Valencia failed to hit the dizzying heights of his first three seasons at Old Trafford during his season-long spell as United's no.7 - but has improved since reverting back to his this season.

Manchester United ambassador Robson has backed the 28-year-old's decision to swap shirt numbers.

Speaking to ManUtd.com, Robson said: "I just think Antonio has been very honest.

"Maybe he did feel a little bit of pressure when wearing the number seven.

"He won Player of the Year when he wore no.25 and, after an indifferent season for him, when he didn't always show the quality we know he's got, maybe there's a little bit of superstition to go back to the shirt he was wearing.

"So it's a good decision and a strong decision by him. I think he's started the season pretty well so that is good for the club and good for Antonio."

Robson is intrigued to see who will be the next holder of the famous shirt and is particular hopeful a former United star coming back to fill the void.

"For me, if we can sign a player who is capable of wearing that no.7, like a David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo, then great," added Robson. "Hopefully, it could be Ronaldo again!"

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