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In Ronaldo's shadow...

Sir Alex has dismissed the suggestion that Nani has 'lived in the shadow' of Cristiano Ronaldo in his own mind.

He has said that the 'only link' he views is the fact that they are both Portuguese, although he has always seen Nani as his own player: 'He is only in Ronaldo's shadow because he is Portuguese.

'That is the only link I can see. He was never in his shadow in my mind. He has always had great potential but some players take longer to mature than others.

'Ronaldo was an exception. He was an incredible footballer. He matured immediately, from 18 until he left us.'

Two goals from Nani, including his dramatic breakaway goal in injury-time, turned Sunday's community shield on its head to see United overcome a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2.

The United manager also praised the wingers form from last season and confirmed he will start the season in the starting 11: 'Nani had a fantastic season last year. He was unfortunate that Antonio Valencia came in at a time when we needed a bit of freshness and a boost to the squad.

'But you have seen Nani's form in pre-season and again yesterday. He will start the season.'

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Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 8 2011

Time: 9:20AM

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Have not posted on here for quite a while - got depressed at the fact it just seemed to be a few of us posting - I see its still much the same - but now feel I have to comment on some of these stories.

Nani was outstanding last season - but tapered off towards the end, but in this match yesterday he looked hungry for success, and I was well impressed with him.

I thought City played well for periods of time - but they looked tired, a lucky Dzeko goal put you 2 up, but Silvas freekick was sublime.

2nd half City were played off the park - we looked so good and solid - De Gea will come good - he needs time to adapt thats all.
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08/08/2011 10:56:00

Nani has been nothing short of phenomenal for us in the last year and a half and there's no reason why he should see himself as being in the shadow of Ronaldo.
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08/08/2011 11:35:00

When Ronnie was with us - Nani didn't get the game time - last few seasons hes really come good - only thing I really don't like about him is his theatrics and throwing himself to ground too easily.....
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08/08/2011 12:49:00

well if uve seen d best frm him u aint seen nothing yet...nani u rock !!!
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11/08/2011 13:11:00


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