Manchester United’s Luis Nani added two more assists at the weekend, to bring his total to 18 for the season; despite leading the Premier League’s assist charts this season, Nani was a controversial omission from the PFA Player of the Year shortlist. Why is Nani not getting the recognition his stats deserve?
During Nani’s early days he created more enemies than friends, with his tendency to fall over from the slightest of touches from an opponent; this is something the patriotic fans of the beautiful game resent. This stigma of Nani’s earlier performances is starting to subside but is still a trait in his game which isn’t totally eradicated. Nani is starting to mature and develop as a player and next season could be the young Portuguese international’s time to showcase his development.
Playing for Manchester United, arguably the world’s biggest club, does create its fair share of headlines. Javier Hernandez has been lauded by pundits and fans alike; the agile Mexican has been a revelation at Old Trafford in his first season. Combine this with Ryan Giggs’ age-defying performances, Wayne Rooney’s continual ‘antics’ and Sir Alex Ferguson’s war of words with the FA and referees, which have overshadowed the winger’s influential appearances on the pitch, leaving not much room on the backpages.
In recent times, Manchester United have been blessed with very gifted wide players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs. Although Nani’s performances have been impressive when you consider his predecessors, who produced (and are still producing) sublime performances, does Nani really warrant such high plaudits? Noting the obvious similarities in Ronaldo and Nani’s play, both being Portuguese, skilful, pacey and good on the ball, it was inevitable that comparisons would be drawn at the beginning despite the fact that Ronaldo set an almost unattainable benchmark.
Overall, Nani without doubt is a class act and next season he could well be at the forefront of Ferguson’s reported rebuilding process.
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