In-form Nani eager to start fresh at Manchester United
The departure of Sir Alex Ferguson provided Nani with a fresh start at Manchester United, but the Portuguese winger hasn’t sailed out of the storm yet. Nani insists he is determined to prove his worth to the club, but David Moyes won’t give him a free pass to stay at Old Trafford for another season.
The Premier League champions received little help from Nani last season. The 26-year-old Portugal international, who scored only four goals last season, was under constant scrutiny from Manchester United. Nani was close to being sold off to Juventus during the winter transfer window and again during the summer transfer window, but disagreement upon transfer fees has given Nani a chance to rejuvenate his form.
Monaco has been linked with a move for Nani, who will become a free agent at the end of the season. Therefore, Manchester United will have to sell the winger now or risk losing him for free next year.
Meanwhile, Nani insists he can bring out his best once again. The Portuguese winger hopes to play an integral role in Manchester United’s success next season.
“I hope to win the league again and, for my personal wishes, I want to be at my best and score a lot of goals,” Nani said. “Like I said, I just need to be at my best and then everything will come together.”
Injuries kept nagging Nani for a big chunk of last season, but when the Portugal international was available for action, Ferguson wished he wasn’t. According to reports, the legendary Scotsman grew tired of Nani’s under par performance and was determined to sell him this summer.
However, Ferguson seems to have missed out his mission to make Manchester United Nani-free before his hasty departure. So far Moyes hasn’t taken any initiative to get rid of Nani and the winger’s stunning performance against Crewe will certainly give him something to think about.
Nani scored twice in Manchester United 2-0 victory over Crewe On Monday. The former Sporting CP is expected to play for Manchester United in the upcoming FA Cup match against Wigan Athletic.
“It's always nice to get back to work and start training with all the team-mates. Of course, all my team-mates have been in Asia but I have been training with a couple of them and it's nice to feel the grass, feel the atmosphere again and start to prepare for the new season,” Nani added.
“I'd played two friendly games already and am preparing well in myself. I hope, when the season starts, I will be at my best to help the team. I think there's still a lot of work [to do] but, in one more week, then I will be at my best.”