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What The Hell Happened To Nani?!

Luis Almeida da Cunha has been a source of constant frustration for United fans since his successful 2007/08 season when he looked like a huge talent. He failed to capitalise on the promise shown during that campaign and his days at United looked to be numbered.

Then, suddenly, Fergie started playing him on the right where we had one of our more impressive performers of the season in Antonio Valencia. Nani played reasonably against Burnley, wonderfully against Hull, well enough against Manchester City - and this merited a starting place at the Emirates today.

And he did not disappoint: he displayed lovely skill, scored a brilliant goal (it will be Almunia's own goal in the record books but who cares?) and assisted another.

'I think that was my best game. I played well, scoring and getting an assist,' he told Sky Sports.

'It was a fantastic performance from the team and I was so happy to help. I'm working hard every day to be fit for the team.

'I want to help the team play well. I can feel the confidence of my team-mates, the fans and the manager.

'I'm so happy and want to continue this good form.'


We're so happy and want you continue this good form. The only man who, I suspect, is none too happy, is Antonio Valencia but I maintain that he should be tried through the middle in a 4-3-3. He played there for Wigan and Ecuador and has all the skills required for the role. And we do not have a plethora of attacking midfielders anyway...

But right now the spotlight is on Nani and that is how it should be. He made the most of the opportunities he's been getting recently and he might have just saved his United career. I know that in the past two weeks he bought himself a lot of patience from me.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 31 2010

Time: 11:07PM

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He looked like Cristiano Ronaldo today!!! I always thought he was gash aswell
HuddersfieldYiddo
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31/01/2010 23:35:00

Was at OT last weekend when we played Hull with my mate, I turned to him and siad Nani was crap when game started and saw he was playing - boy this last week or so has he proved me wrong!
Well played today Nani - you deserve this accolade!
niteworlok
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01/02/2010

I've said all along that he needed the confidence of team mates, fans and manager to really succeed and the quote from him pretty much confirms it. Massive credit to fergie for believing in him and giving him a run of games. Have to agree with Zae about Valencia playing in the middle. He has all the attributes to be a success there. In a three, you need one to sit deep, one to be creative and one to go box to box. Fletch is the only one with the tackling ability to sit deep, but also the only one that can go box-to-box. Valencia would be ideal as we know he can tackle, has the pace and stamina to go box-to-box, can beat a man (just) and has a really powerful shot. As Zae said, he does it for ecuador very successfully. Fletch, Valencia and Carrick with Nani, Rooney and Park/Giggs/Obertan is certainly a formidable counter-attacking away formation for european games.
tuscan3000
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01/02/2010 00:41:00

I agree they should give valencia a run in the middle because there is no way he can dislodge nani in this form
khoder
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01/02/2010 06:46:00

he impressed me i thought he was a bit of a donkey
radders1990
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01/02/2010 10:21:00

he always had the quality, it was just a matter of can he produce it consistently and so far so good. the RM position seems to have helped him alot as now he doesnt have to cut inside to cross, his early crosser are superb now.
Reddevils4ever89
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01/02/2010 22:02:00

If we played a 4-5-1 its a shame Valencia cant get involved in that lineup - might happen yet I suppose - but what a force they both would be on the wing - shame we cant morph them into one player with both their skills!
niteworlok
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01/02/2010 23:18:00

he needs to be consistantly good now to step up properly
radders1990
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02/02/2010 09:41:00

You lot are the only ones who doubt him.I've seen him score numerous free kicks which had quality,scored one against us last season.If groomed properly he'll be way ahead of valencia who's average just a good crosser.He plays bad when the the whole team plays bad.Look at him theres your new Christina.
Chelsea24/7
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02/02/2010 12:05:00

lol - well thing is hes still a young lad - he will come good (we hope!)
niteworlok
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03/02/2010 20:53:00

 

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