This is my time to shine, declares Manchester United’s Nani

"This is my time. I think I can be important for the team in these big games," says Nani ahead of Manchester United's clash with Chelsea

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Nani joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2007 Photo: The Sport Review

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Nani has vowed to prove his worth at Manchester United as the season reaches its climax.

The Portuguese winger has struggled with injuries and form in the current campaign and has only made 17 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.

The 26-year-old, who was controversially sent off for a high tackle as Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid last week, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent months.

But Nani is determined to showcase his talent and is convinced that he can still play an important part in the run-in as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men bid to win a Premier League and FA Cup double.

“Now my confidence is high and I think the best is still to come from me,” Nani told United’s website ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

“This is my time and I think I can be important for the team in these big games.

“Because I was injured for two months, it means I’m fresh now when some other players are starting to get tired.

“I feel I’m in good form and I’ve nearly arrived at my peak. I think over the next few games I can surprise a few people.

“I want to show the manager that he can trust me and he can believe in me in every match. I want to show him my contribution can help win games.

“So I’ll keep working hard to make sure I’m ready to respond every time I get a chance.”

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