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Nani Has Emerged As A Genuine Match-Winner

Nani Has Emerged As A Genuine Match-Winner

United beat Spurs 3-1 and suddenly the pressure is on Chelsea who play twice before we take the field again. And though it was Ryan Giggs who scored a brace, no one can dispute that the match-winner was Nani this time around.

United, for long periods of the game, looked short of inspiration. The papers usually attribute it to Rooney's absence but the careless mistakes and sloppy passing isn't something that Rooney's presence could cure.

OK, we were also indecisive and too 'tippy-tappy' around the box which is where Rooney would have been in his element while Berbatov, once again, failed to really live up to the expectations. Giggs was anonymous - apart from the penalties - so we needed something special after Ledley King, clearly fouling Carrick in the process, equalised with a header.

And Nani provided it. Credit must to go to Fletcher who brought the ball out of a difficult situation near the touchline and of course to substitute Macheda who released Nani with a perfectly weighted pass. But it was the Portuguese who did the most of the work, dinking the ball over the advancing Gomes with ample confidence. And that's with 10 minutes left of a game which could have killed off the remnants of our faint title hopes.

'It was a great ball from Federico and Nani needed audacity and courage to chip the keeper from such a tight angle,' said Ferguson.

'Not many players would have even tried that.'

Minutes later he charged forward, beat Palacios for pace and the midfielder, filling in at right-back by that time, jumped on him from behind (eurgh) and pushed him to the ground. Clear penalty, again, and Giggs put it away perfectly, again.

We are top, and we are indebted to Nani whose transformation this season has been nothing short of amazing. In December I would have gladly agreed to sell him at the end of the season, such was the hopelessness of his performances. But since being recalled after an injury, which may or may not have been real, he hasn't stopped impressing. He was the match-winner at the Emirates, he scored a brace and was a real threat against Bayern, his assist brought us back into the game against Chelsea, he impressed against Citeh in the Carling Cup semi-final. And now this. He regularly produces very good performances in the biggest games which is the mark of greatness. Let's hope it's not a flash in the pan.

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Date:Sunday April 25 2010
Time: 9:39AM


The ref was your matchwinner as usual You have a bad record against Spurs without them
25/04/2010 09:57:00
i am glad my belief in him has payed off lol after this first season i could tell he had something great but his second season and half of 3rd season i was looking like a fool lol so glad e proved me right
25/04/2010 12:06:00
@ref: i dont expect a adult conversation with you just by your username but only a blind retard would think those pens werent a pen
25/04/2010 12:07:00
refereesv. What game were you watching, they were clear cut penalties. Spurs were outplayed for most of the game, though were very tight in defecence, but the deserved victory was definately not down to poor refereeing, but to United skill and heart.
25/04/2010 12:51:00
Finally! We have those creative differentiators! I am happy and mightily relieved Nani is finally playing to his potential!
25/04/2010 14:42:00
As a Spurs fan well done for your victory, Spurs did not defend well and got what the deserved, nothing!!! I was interested by your remark, "United beat Spurs 3-1 and suddenly the pressure is on Chelsea". Well I have just watched Chelsea win 7-0, Will you be able to do that on May 9th? Not that it matters but it was not a foul by King on Carrick, Carrick did not jump and what was Rafael doing on the post?
Ox Yid
25/04/2010 18:05:00
Chelsea looking superb yesterday, fading glory for united Man united .
25/04/2010 20:28:00
Uskok, do we have to go through this rubbish after every game? We win, we are as usual champions, we lose, we are yesterday's news. Go back to your site and stop spamming, unless you actually have something intelligent to add.
26/04/2010 10:07:00
We gave ourselves a shout after Chelsea lost to Spurs and we beat them yesterday but Uskok no United fan on this site has declared that we are destined for glory! I give credit to Chelsea for their demolition of Stoke. Questions were asked and they responded in style.If they do win the league they will have totally deserved it as they have played some amazing football throughout the season and they willl be worthy champions.I don't expect them to falter as when they need a big result they actually get it and their result against Villa and us have proved that! The result against against Spurs was a blip that they could afford that and i really believe they willl destroy Liverpool next weekend.I'm not bitter, we've won 3 in a row and 4 is a really big ask and i want to congratulate Chelsea on a great season.I'm proud we ran them close and put up a fight but the team who finishes top after 38 games deserves it! They've beeen wriiten off alot along with ourselves and at the start of the season liverpool were favourites so we've both proved alot of people wrong! Congrats to Chelsea and lets hope next year is as exciting as this.A great season for football lovers!
26/04/2010 10:15:00
Silly comment from Ref. Both were clear cut penalties born from very poor defending. I was a bit disappointed that Harry changed the side around so much. The 6 points from Arsenal and Chelsea were unexpected so there was no pressure on this game. We should have stuck with a winning formula and had a go. We do usually get stiched by the ref against you lot but not yesterday, its just ironic that we STILL gave you a couple of pens!
26/04/2010 10:41:00
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