Whilst players like Gareth Bale (7 goals and 1 assist in 23 games) and Samir Nas-er-i (9 goals and 1 assist in 21 games) have been tipped to win the Players of the Year awards, Nani (9 goals and 14 assists in 23 games) has been quietly getting on with helping Manchester United maintain their position at the top of the table.

He has today said he is enjoying his great form and knows the battle we have ahead to bring our trophy home.

“I am under orders to be the leader of this team and I’ve accepted the challenge,” Nani said. “I’m enjoying the best time of my sporting career. I’m scoring goals, creating chances and I’m in my best form since I arrived at United in 2007. So far I’ve been able to help my team a lot – but it’s what I do from now until the end of the season that really counts. It will not be easy to finish top. But we are well in the race.”

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