Whilst he is often still singled out for criticism, it’s hard to ignore the measured impact he’s had on our games recently, in providing crucial assists and scoring himself (even if his goals against Arsenal and Portsmouth went down as own goals).
The Portuguese winger, who has repeatedly distanced himself from comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo, has today confessed about his previous selfish ways, but now acknowledges what it means to be a Manchester United player.
“When you come to Manchester United, you have to learn about what it means and what it takes to succeed here,” said Nani. “A couple of years ago, I was only thinking about playing for myself and just playing to enjoy my football. But now, I know that I can’t play like that because it is all about winning trophies for the team rather than individual success. At United, you have to play together, you have to think together, you have to do everything together. I have learned a lot about that and that’s why I have changed. This club is good at making players grow up and learn to be a man, to be a player. That happened to me a couple of months ago, when I began to think more about the team and what it means to play for United. Now, I’m feeling very happy and strong.”