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Nani: I Want To Be The Man

Nani reckons that he can improve a lot this season following a poor second season with the club.

“I am thinking only about this season. Forget the past. I want to be the man,” said Nani. “I think I have a lot to do to show my best, because I haven’t done that yet. I played a lot of games and did some good things but I need to improve. I want to get to the point where I have the confidence of the manager, the players and the fans.”

Nani is quick to play down any comparisons with Ronaldo, claiming that he is his own player and is improving.

“I know a lot of people compare me with Cristiano but I don’t want that because I am different,” he added. “I want to hear people speaking about Nani and not saying things like ‘look, he does that like Cristiano’. It made me a better player, training and playing with him, but I also learned from the others, from Scholes’ passing, from Giggs’ intelligent movement and from Rooney’s finishing.”

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  1. aig alex is god says:


    good morning mate.last week of holidays.enjoy.
    agree wid u we gave a good account of ourselves.happy wid the performance

  2. Micky says:


    Morning. Yup, back to barracks this time next week! :(

    Will be offline for about 7 weeks too (probably), so you’ll have to cope without me!

    There’s a big stink being kicked up about Chelsea’s second goal, but it was a glorified friendly, so why are we even arsed??

  3. gotta hate tiny tears says:


  4. aig alex is god says:


    7 weeks,thats a long time busy that u cant even visit ROM once a day?

    i m better off mate, a 10 to 6 job every day along wid my MBA classes starting next month.

    i considered it a friendly but SAF seemed pretty serious abt the game.we shud have played for the whistle but then again wen ref has stopped play before a couple of times he has to do it the third time too.thats where the consistency is missing.

    feel Carrick or nani shud take our penalties this season.wen fit hargo can do that too.

  5. aig alex is god says:


    great one mate.that was the best and most nerve racking night in Moscow.was going to sleep wen terry missed.after that did nt sleep at all.
    emily giving some music too to accompany the chant.

    wish io wud have been a fan in 1999 too.wen United are around drama is bound to happen

  6. Costas says:

    Morning guys.

    Thanks GHTT. Emily always cheers me up. I am still fuming though. Fingers crossed for Nani’s scan!

  7. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    a.i.g. the champions league final in 99 was one of the greatest nights ever in my whole life that day is close to emily been born i freeking loved it
    i have watched the final more times than anything else
    it is one of my top united mamories
    losing 2 nil to city and coming back 3-2
    being 3nil down to spurs at half time on my first away goal to win 5-3
    the 1985 f.a. cup final
    keane in the tunnel
    cantona from kicking a holigan to flicking the ball to irwin and everything in the middle
    meting norman whiteside
    meeting the 1968 team
    and emily singing glory glory man united
    why i am united

  8. Micky says:


    I’m going to be doing 5am – midnight days for the first few weeks – I’ll be popping online to get scores but not sure I’ll be able to talk much. I’ll only be able to use my mobile phone.

  9. aig alex is god says:


    there is some problem wid my net too at times so i use the mobile to access ROM and post comments.wat r u doing by the way?such long working hours.

  10. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    if you ever need cheering up from emily click this link
    i think she has more united passion than i do in this

  11. Micky says:


    Military Policeman mate.. working hours are fairly long for a few weeks then they’ll get better.

    On topic because I haven’t really expressed my opinion yet on Nani:

    Skill and Potential:

    Nani > Valencia

    End product:

    Everyone > Nani

    If Nani can sort that this season he’s in for a good year

  12. Costas says:

    GHTT i think she has more passion than Gaz Nev on that one!

    I think i ahve also watched the 99 final more than anything else. It’s one of UNited’s crappiest performances, but those last 3 minutes make anything worth it. I still get chills about it. Growing up, Ole was always my favourite.

  13. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    i went from norman to cantona to keane to rooney with giggs always as number 2

  14. aig alex is god says:

    i have seen the video of 99 final may may times.

    but catching it live is a different issue.i remember nearly jumping from the 7th floor at home in delight after the 2008 final not knwing anything but i had just gone and my cousin watched it together and we went crazy.

    other such moments include the macheda goal dis season bcoz it came one day bfre my exams were going to gave me a huge boost.

    of course the 2 comebacks against spurs too were special.
    with United there are so many such special moments

  15. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    or been at old trafford when the final wistle blew against arsenal

  16. aig alex is god says:


    good morning.get over it mate.iknw it was unfair but this probably the least important game of the season.we looked good and it cud be a blessing in disguise and fire up the entire teaa and thrash some teams in the league.
    hope we remove our frustration on them by whipping them

  17. Costas says:

    AIG, i look at it more like a shape of things to come. I am afraid of how the referees will deal with us this year. Not too many people want us to make it 4 in a row.

  18. aig alex is god says:

    costas gota good point thyere.eveyone seems to be aginst United.jealous of our success.we get one lucky decision people like FSW start moaning and wen refrees sendplayers off wrongly against the dippers no one makes an issue of it.cant believe it.

    The whole crap FA is anti United.Look at the shocking punishments biven to evra last year and rooney 3 years back.thats what makes these title wins more special

  19. Costas says:

    Just look at the media coverage. Whenever a decision goes our way, the tabloids ask for the ref’s head. When it goes against us, they focus on Fergie’s “rants”. ABU at it’s finest. Has anyone even said a word about Foy?

  20. Costas says:

    We just made the same point. Like you, i hope our players get motivated from this.

  21. Micky says:

    Fuck tha haters lol

  22. aig alex is god says:


    Graham poll who has become bit of a maniac after retiring has said that foy shud have stopped play yesterday.remember him sayinga fter the CL game wid arsenal that fletch deserved his madcap.

    it goes this way,

    ‘the higher you are,the more people try to drag you down.’
    thats why everyone is so anti United

  23. theboogeyman says:

    Reading about you guys celebrating our European Cup wins makes me a bit sad.Why?Because while you guys were screaming your lungs out,I was in my aunt and uncle’s house in Coimbatore(a place in India),and their TV room is right next to their bedroom and the match was going on till around 4:30 am Indian time,so they were sleeping and I didn’t want to wake them up.I was watching alone and was on the phone with my United fan friend.I was dancing like a mental,but just talking normally to my friend,who had gone absolutely mental.

    Boy,I love United for the moments they give us!!

  24. Micky says:

    When we beat Chelsea in the CL Final I screamed, punched the table to let some of the vent up stress out then broke down crying

    Fucking wierd reaction !

  25. aig alex is god says:


    we too couldnt control our emotion.i mean me and my cousin .we were just jumping at 4 in the night and gulped down a 2litre pepsi bottle each in 10 mins.both of us had tears of happiness.

    Oh god! please bring that night bacl again plzz plzz

  26. Micky says:


    I can assure you it wasn’t Pepsi I was drinking that night!

  27. CROoney says:

    i’m tellin’ ya friends – i adore watching this guy – it’s because everytime he has the ball you don’t know what to expect – he’s so unpredictable and dangerous on his day- i said a year ago that he can be the next ronaldo – not in the terms of scoring 42 goals but in the terms of being our most productive winger/player…if anyone , SAF can make him one of the best players of the EPL

  28. aig alex is god says:


    i dont have any drinks apart from soft drinks and juices and neither does my brother.
    we had ordered 4 bottles of pepsi(2 litres each) and lots of snacks to much on,although we neither ate nor drank during the game.dats how nervous it was.

    can some post me links of the 2nd leg against juve in the CL semis 1999.i have never seen the goals of that game

  29. aig alex is god says:


    thanks thanks thanks.thank you so much.first time i have seem word keano destroyed davids and zidane wat a game .wish i was a United supporter in 99.that was a magic year.

    thanks again.seen it 3 times.of course fast forwarded the juve goals

  30. wazza (Bezi) says:

    this is one of my favourite Emily video

  31. Red Rooney says:

    why? is she a woman?

  32. jespermoses says:

    I like Nani.He give us a good option and is really unpredictable against defenders.Sometimes good sometimes bad.

    I think this season he’ll really show his worth…..exciting stuff.

  33. fooart says:

    cant forget the 2008 UCL final…
    ronaldo header…(best header goal ever)
    drogba red carded for slapping vidic…(hillarious)
    terry slip and the ball hit the post…( i almost going to burst with tears with terry…not sympathetic tears though)
    VDSaviour pointing to the other way for anelka to shoot and than shaking his hand in the air with joy after saving the penalty…best moment ever…
    i may not witnessed the magnificient of the Busby Babes,The Trinity,The King and emergence of the Fergie fledgling when i start to follow Manchester United but that night sum up why this club is so so special…
    No matter who leaves…Manchester United always the no 1 team in the world for me…
    though sir fergie dont leave just yet :)
    another 10 year maybe…

  34. portugueseprincess says:

    Hope he gets well soon.


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