Ferguson blames Nani for Man Utd’s exit from Capital One Cup at the hands of Chelsea
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson blames his forward Nani for the Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday. Sir Alex Ferguson believes if Nani had kept the ball in the final seconds of the injury time Manchester United would have won without much of a hassle against the European champions.
The out of favor Portuguese winger Nani scored against Chelsea, but his costly error at the end of the game burned out his attempt for redemption.
Nani lost possession of the ball in the final moments of the game, during which Manchester United led the score-line by 3-2. Consequently, Chelsea won the ball, drove it into Manchester United’s box, won a penalty, scored on it and sent the match into extra-time.
“We gave the ball away for the third goal having been in complete control of the match at that point,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “All we needed to do was see the game out with good possession.
“Nani is experienced but he's a player who wants to beat men and I often discourage him from that. In that situation, if we'd kept the ball at the corner flag, the game's over.
“They had a lot of attacks and nothing came of them, and our counter-attack was very good, but if you're winning 3-2 in the final seconds of the game then you should see it out. We've only got ourselves to blame really.
“They're at home, you'd expect them to attack and they did. The way we approach games is always wanting to win, so you were always going to get an open game.”
Sir Alex Ferguson comments about Nani show that the 25-year-old Portugal international is still unsettled at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson tried to cash-in on Nani during the summer transfer window, but no club was willing to meet the high transfer fee set by Manchester United.
Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus a couple of other Italian clubs were interested in acquiring Nani’s services, but none of them approached with an official bid for him. Rumor has it Sir Alex Ferguson will attempt to sell Nani for £25 million during the winter transfer window.