One player who could never be accused of suffering from a lack of confidence is United’s livewire winger Nani. The Portguese star has suffered from comparisons with his countryman Cristiano Ronaldo ever since he arrived at Old Trafford, usually in a negative context.
A look st both player’s first 100 games at United shows that while they have an equal amount of league goals -19- Nani has 22 more assists than CR7 -as his mum calls him.
The Telegraph notes that Nani is taking it all in his stride:
“In my first season (at United), maybe a few players didn’t know me.
“Then they see me play and see skills and goals — and then in the next seasons they started to be more careful.
“Now it’s always the same. As soon as I get the ball, two players … and then I have to be clever and run away from them. I like it.
“I like to be a player who makes others scared.”
Nani, who scored 10 times for United last season with an impressive tally of 18 assists, was named the Players’ Player of the Season.
He added: “It was very important for me inside the dressing room, with my team-mates.
“It showed me that now everyone knows my position, how important they think I am in the team.
“Now I’m in the right position to do everything I wanted in the past.
“Last year we did well but we just won the league. We will try to win more. For me, last season was fantastic and this is a big chance to show I can do much more.”
United manager Alex Ferguson said: “Nani’s marvellous. He was brilliant – absolutely brilliant. He’s a terrific player and he’s starting to mature.
“We’re going to get the best years out of him, no doubt.”
The vast majority of Reds have always believed in Nani and those that haven’t soon changed their tune. He may be frustrating at times and his theatrics can border on the comical, but there’s no denying he’s one of the top players in the world and a born match winner.
The way Nani destroyed Cole was a joy to watch. Chelsea could not cope with him and Nani will only get better. My only worry is that his head will turn when Madrid starts waving Euros at him.
before he used to have 1 good game out of 5, now he has 1 bad game out of 5..and it’s good to see he is now more consistent. yesterday he was brilliant and could have had two fantastic goals after the one that hit the post. sunday he made a couple chelsea players look like fools. well done nani. keep up the good work.
Lets just see if he can keep this form of his up for the whole season, or at least until January. There is no denying that he is a fantastic player. But is he man utd standard? Before the season started i thought no, now he’s starting to look and more like the finished article we need here at Man Utd….
He’s an incredible player. Ashley Cole will by having nightmares about him for weeks! Let’s hope he’s a United player for many years to come and let’s hope certain people wake up, get their head out of the sand and appreciate the great talent we have on our hands.
Nani is a sublime player, if he can cut his wastfulness in certain situations he will only grow. Unbelievable control on the ball matched by his love to run at people is just a joy to watch, here’s to him topping last seasons tally in all departments!!
Nani makes me scared to go to the toilet in case I miss any of his magic!