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Nani: I Respect Manager’s Decision To Bench Me

Nani played the last 20 minutes of the Champions League final last month, after coming on for Fabio Da Silva in the second half.

The winger admits he was disappointed to miss out but trusts Sir Alex Ferguson to make the best decision for the team.

“Last season I played more games than ever at United,” said Nani. “That’s why, maybe, in the last games I didn’t look the same as in the first games. It was boring not playing in the Champions League final because you want to play, everyone wants to play. Finals are for playing, but the manager makes the decision. He knows who is better for the team and I have to respect that. Now I’m on holiday to rest and get my power back. At the start of the season I will be fine to start strong again, start to do what I know.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Balaji Sivaraman says:


    This is what happens when you have a billion ROM tabs open.

    Ignore my previous comment lads. Wrong thread.


  2. LackyMUFC says:

    If @Bill Bob is a Liverpool Fan = My bad!

  3. King Eric says:

    Fuck off Bill Bob you cunt. You are not welcome here son.

  4. King Eric says:

    LackyMUFC – bill bob has no point mate. He is a fucking dipper and we know he is.

  5. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    Im wearing a silky blouse that shows of my ample man boobs. With just a whisp of hair around each nipple that gentle tickles the nose when trying to excite man milk. What are you wearing.

  6. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    Oops sorry, thats what happens when you have too many chat windows open.

    Ignore my previous comment lads. Wrong thread.


    easy done Balaji Sivaraman

  7. King Eric says:

    Goat – Ha. Quality mate. What an image.

  8. Unitedfanatic says:

    @Samuel – United we stand:

    No mate, I wasn’t referring to his “theatrics”

    I was referring to how he sometimes cuts a frustrated figure and maybe better his judgement on when to cross and when to shoot… It’s annoying sometimes how long he keeps the ball and misses out on passing to players in better positions! But he’s getting there, and if he can dribble like Ronaldo, I wouldn’t complain :)
    It doesn’t matter what people say about him and his theatrics, as long as he’s playing well!

    In retrospective, I think the worst time of last season for Nani supporters was probably when he missed that penalty against Fulham and we went on to draw the game. Fans do go overboard with emotions and it’s natural for us to be that way! :)

  9. Unitedfanatic says:


    ROFL! :D

  10. Costas says:

    For the record, it’s not wrong to point out the flaws in our players. I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that Nani’s antics at the start of last season got on my nerves. Especially against Liverpool at OT. What people tend to forget though, is that he’s made an effort to cut out that part of his game. Honestly, I don’t remember a lot of instances in the 2nd half of the season where he made the most of a challenge. More often than not, referees were too harsh on him actually.

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    The Goat has been unleashed, be afraid, be very afraid…….. And just when you think we skipped through all this ‘man crush’ stuff he comes up with an image like that :mrgreen:

  12. Warwick says:

    Nani seems to have really matured in recent months – in what he says and what he does. Openly respecting fergie’s decisions demonstrates this. Remember Scott’s interview with him -a modest, shy guy came across. (Nani – no idea whether STR is modest and shy!) His stats for last season and players’ player of the year award speak for themselves

  13. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Goat, Wait, what????


  14. willierednut says:

    Costas and Warwick

    Great posts lads. Both sides of the discussion, for everyone to see and read.

  15. KR says:

    I don’t question Sir Alex alot but he was a DAMN FOOL for not starting him at Wembley. Anyone else think Valencia is overrated, predictable and one dimensional? He’s everything Nani is not but he’s 100% the opposite of that statement.

  16. rohan19 says:

    thats a refreshing attitude.. i think he should be employed more centrally.. .atleast switch with rooney and valencia.. he has a great skill set so he can be very effective there as well.. i believe a switching 3 behind hernandez is gonna be the formation for majority of the season…

    hope we get a young and budding cm rather than splashing on a bigger name.. even if we sign thiago with barca getting first refusal rights its great.. he’ll be sold back after say 5 years or so.. and till then morrison pogba and tunncliffe will be ready to step up and carry forward.. also we’ll get good cash for him whereas modric and sneijder’s value will depreciate every year..

  17. rohan19 says:

    @KR valencia is predictable and one dimensional but he’s really good at what he does.. he also knows how to use pace to his benefit rather than that twunt at l’arse…. that’s why he’s so good
    also he defends tons better than nani thats why he was chosen over nani..
    nani has a better skill set and is tons more creative.. he’s one of those players who create something from nothing and literally terrorises wing backs.. ask clichy..

  18. Costas says:


    Sadly, we could make that arguement about other players too. Anderson, Fletcher or even Berbatov. I don’t know if a different line up would have given us a better shot, but as rohan says, there was a reason Valencia was prefered. And I think it had to do with his directness, as well as the fact that he defends a lot more.

  19. rohan19 says:

    @not to deliberately drift off topic but i feel if we had played with three defenders and all three of them being cb’s we could have had a chance… messi always plays in the false 9 position and hence there’s no real striker.. but i guess that was too much of a risk to have been taken in such a match.. maybe he’ll do that on july 31st

  20. Sparkz says:

    If Nani and Valencia played roughly the same amount of games on the right wing- they’d get roughly the same amount of assists, maybe Nani would get a few more, but it’d be close. (when Valencia played regularly in 09/10 he got 14…Nani played regularly this season and got 18). So you probably couldn’t separate them much on assists.

    You look at other areas though- Nani I think is more of a goal threat than Valencia. And he’s less predictable, which means we as an attacking force are less rigid. Nani can come in off the flank and interchange, it makes us more fluid.

    Obviously Valencia offers more defensively- but in 80% of the games we play, we generally dominate possession etc, so door openers like Nani are more valuable IMO. That’s why Park is generally so successful in big games, where we’ll be under more pressure, so workrate is more important. In the other games where we’ll dominate anyway, Park is less useful, coz it’s more about being able to create rather than tracking back.

    I’d have a slight preference for Nani over Valencia tbh, however you can’t deny that Valenica is bloody brilliant at what he does! He’s in the Ecuador squad for Copa america though- finishes near the end of July (if Ecuador progress well)- does anybody know if this’ll impact on when he starts the season with Utd?

  21. Kings says:

    smartalex – I’m good thanks my friend. Yeah I see that vermin cunt is rearing his ugly head again.

    King Eric – ‘Fuck off Bill Bob you cunt. You are not welcome here son.’ Could not have put that better myself my friend.

  22. smiliege says:

    I love that he not only said he wanted to stay, but admitted that he was probably right to be benched since he KNEW he wasn’t playing his best. Glad he didn’t let those idiots in the papers get to his head. Personally I prefer him over valencia, but at that point in the season Valencia was just the better option. Cool he can understand that that doesn’t mean he can’t start next season.

  23. rohan19 says:

    let’s start a kill bill campaign…

  24. Boston-Man.Utd says:

    Waiting to see the magic of Nani and Young on the flanks ! GGMU

  25. King Eric says:

    Kings – Hello mate. Hows things? Yeah he needed telling. Thanks pal. Why the fuck is he masquerading on a United site as a United fan anyway?

  26. Jeet says:

    @rohan19: I (along with some others, I think Denton Davey was a proponent) have been banging on about that for ages…playing 3 central defenders against barca…
    Rio Vida Smalling
    Rafael Carrick Ando/Fletch Giggs Fabio

    twins as wingbacks, more steel to the mf with fletch/ando, affording giggs the freedom to drift wide or central, and the plan doesnt leave rooney with so much defensive work to do. I would like to see someone try out a 3-5-2 against barca with proper players.

  27. T4M says:


  28. TheCantonas says:

    @Lacky: bill bob is dippers. JUST check out his username: BILL BOB (Bill Shankly Bob Paisley) THAT is why nobody on ROM likes him…

  29. SLICK_er! says:

    If there’s one thing I absolute Love about this club is the fact that not a single player is “too big” for this club and everyone knows that! Stars were bread through the hands of the gaffer and left for so called greener pastures but one thing remains absolute United will always remain United!!

    Nani is an excellent player and has so much more to offer the club through consistency!
    I’m glad he is willing to stay and fight for his position he has the potential of becoming a true red!

  30. arminio says:

    Some info and analysis on our new signing Ashley Young for those interested:

  31. Kings says:

    King Eric – Hello mate. I’m good thanks. How’s things? I know full well that he is a fucking vermin cunt. I saw that bastard repeatedly posting comments on the European Cup Final live blog, expressing his delight as each of Barcelona’s goals went in.

  32. Fred says:

    Jeet – I think you’ve cracked the Barca code, mate.

  33. North Stand Tier 2 says:

    He is a far better and more versatile player than Valencia (as good as Valencia is!). He scored some great and important goals last season, it was his injury at Liverpool that knocked his confidence and then resulted in a sudden loss of form which he never regained. If he starts as he did last season, and we have Rooney firing on all cylinders like he was at the end of the season, then we have a great chance of winning number 20!

  34. Fred says:

    I know it’s not a competition but I prefer Nani to Tony V by far. Horses for courses though and all that.

    Respect to both men (but especially Nani!) :devil:

  35. Fred says:

    Oh, there’s no such smiley as :devil: :oops:

    I meant :twisted:

  36. Fred says:


  37. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    Isnt this the best thing he has ever said? It shows maturity.

  38. smartalex says:

    Good morning MyCowIsTheBest! Nice to see you here. I read about your unhappiness on RoM, and hoped you would still return. We miss your contribution buddy!

  39. smartalex says:

    Steven Gerrard is apparently happy to see Charlie Adam linked with Liverpool, although he doesn’t sound altogether convinced: “We have a lot of good midfielders here. For example, I think Lucas Leiva was our best player last season, but whoever I play with, it’s not a problem.”

    And we think we have midfield woes!

  40. lorenzo von matterhorn says:

    yeaah its me lorenzo von matterhorn. Apart from everything else, I believe we must must must have sjneider to beat the greatest side in the world and become the greatest side.

  41. kel says:

    Well said. He come a long way now. I supported him when everyone scolded and wanted him off, Now im so happy that persistent is what you need to succeed.

    When you face obstacle, dont run, stay and go along, that will lead you to be a stronger person.

    Same applies to Berbatov =D

  42. gazzer says:

    I don’t have a problem with Nani going to ground to draw attention to dangerous tackles. I think his real problem is in his decision making.
    Every player out there has to make split second decisions all game and occasionally pick the wrong one. You can forgive someone taking a shot instead of passing every once in a while when they get a rush of blood to the head. But he does it way too often. If you get to the point where Rooney is throwing up his hands, then you know you’ve gone too far. He doesn’t seem to have any awareness of this.

  43. Sparkz says:

    18 assists tells me his decision making isn’t that bad tbh….

  44. Mickjk says:

    Top class the guy nani. Has a bad rep but seems a nice chap who keeps his head down off the field. Technically gifted with plenty of pace. Decision making has obviously improved big time. A bit of upper body strength wouldn’t go a miss. Great player. Will be massive next season. Love the guy.


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