It was not a decision the Northern Ireland international had to think about. Then again, it was not one he attached any particular significance to either.
"I am not superstitious at all," he said. "It doesn't bother me.
"I got a phone call one day and they said the manager wanted to know if I wanted the number six shirt.
"I said: 'Why not?' It's more of a defender's number than 23 and looks a bit nicer. Tom Cleverley's got 23 now and I'm sure he'll take good care of it.
"But I am sure the manager doesn't really think about stuff like that - and I don't either. I don't have anything like that going on in my head."