Manchester United’s out of favour winger Nani needs to feel loved in order to play at his best, according to his former coach and current Braga manager Jose Peseiro.
The Portugal international has slid down the pecking order at Old Trafford, and was openly criticised by Sir Alex Ferguson following a mistake during United’s 5-4 defeat to Chelsea after extra time in the Capital One Cup.
Speculation has surrounded the winger’s future at the Manchester club since the summer, and it is believed Nani could leave in the January transfer window for Serie A or La Liga.
Jose Peseiro, who picked the 25-year-old out from the youth system at Sporting Lisbon during his reign as manager of the Portugese club, feels that the United boss should provide greater “emotional contact” between himself and Nani if he wants his player to return to top form.
“Nani needs more, I think,” Peseiro told reporters “I know him. If he doesn’t play, it is not easy for him. He doesn’t feel well when he doesn’t play – because he likes to play.
“All players have different personalities. Sure, the English players don’t need too much support, but the Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish players need more emotional contact.
The Portuguese coach believes Nani reaches his full potential when he is most depended on.
“I know that after Ronaldo left Manchester, [Nani] had two or three fantastic seasons. Manchester [United] depended on him.
“At this moment it isn’t the same. But a player can only play at the maximum level when he’s happy. If he’s not happy, he can’t” he added.