Sir Alex Ferguson hails Nani’s improvement at Man United

Manchester United boss is full of praise for his maturing Portuguese winger

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Nani has more assists than any other Premier League midfielder Photo: via Wikipedia - Jose Goulão

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Nani for the part he has played in the club’s Premier League title push this season.

The 22-year-old Portuguese winger currently boasts the most assists of all midfielders in the top flight this term and is steadily blossoming into a capable successor for Cristiano Ronaldo.

And Ferguson believes Nani has adapted to the rigours of the Premier League more speedily than his Portugal team-mate.

“Ronaldo was exceptional,” said Ferguson. “He is a one-in-a-lifetime player. But it did take him time to settle and develop in the English game. If anything, Nani has done it a bit quicker.

The United manager added: “I don’t need to trumpet his improvement. He has been consistent all season.

“He is a match-winner who creates goals and he scores them. He had seven strikes against City and that is a high ratio for a winger, particularly in a big game.

“He is showing maturity now. Every time he gets near the box you think something is going to happen. When you get that, you have a great player.”

Nani joined United from Sporting Lisbon for around €25.5m in 2007 and has made 136 appearances, scoring 27 goals.

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