Nani's Confidence Is Shattered
It seems that Luis Nani and Manchester United are edging towards a painful parting, even though the Portuguese winger stressed he was not thinking leaving United, not for now.
However, in an 'explosive' interview, he revealed that his confidence was shattered. His thoughts echo those of Tevez but with a lot more justification.
'People expect more from me and it's not easy. But they are also not doing what they said they were going to. I know it would be better if I scored more goals.
'I can have a spectacular game but nobody guarantees me I will be starting the next match. It shatters your confidence. I did not play the important matches, against Liverpool, Manchester City or Tottenham. Not playing these games, I am a bit sad. But for now I am not considering leaving.'
Well, it's not quite true. Nani started against Arsenal and came on as a substitute at Anfield. But it's understandable that he wants to play more and it's true that Fergie does not rely on him in big games.
But surely not only the management is at fault here? At a top club, only the very best players are immune to rotation, the others have to learn to live with it. I know it's a lot better to start week in, week out but it did no great harm to Darren Fletcher's progress that was being used only sparingly for years.
Giggs started the season in fine form, Antonio Valencia looks better with each game while Obertan is certainly promising. All these factors work against Nani who can only point to his debut season which was a success, no doubt. However, the team isn't as good as it was back then and we cannot afford to have a player who could have a nightmare right after a brilliant game. In his current state, Nani is a luxury player.