Sir Alex Ferguson has made another plea to his mercurial Portuguese winger Nani to sign a new contract and stay at Manchester United.
In an interview with the MUFC official website, that will surprise some, Fergie has gone on record again as saying that Nani offers something different to the rest of his current crop.
“We want to keep him, there’s no doubt about that…”
“He’s capable of scoring incredible goals. His goal against Everton, when he dinked the keeper after playing a couple of one-twos, was incredible. And the goal against Tottenham the year before, where he dinked the goalkeeper after playing a one-two, was another one.
“The boy has an incredible talent for winning matches. He’s one of the best match-winners in the game, and I include the whole of Europe in that.
“David Gill’s been speaking to his agent for quite a few weeks. It’s entirely up to the boy – he has a year and a half left. I think he wants guaranteed first-team football. He can guarantee himself that. Performances like the other night can guarantee that.
“We’re trying our best to keep him because he’s such a match-winner.”
The problem with Nani is his end product. Too many times to mention he has ballooned a shot when a team mate is in a better position or delivered a dire cross which has missed the strikers by a mile. Someone as ruthless as The Manchester United boss doesn’t usually have much patience for this behaviour. But unless this is a ploy to get Nani to sign a new contract, therefore maintaining a decent market value, Manchester United clearly still hope to polish this roughest of diamonds.
We all know that, on his day, he can be truly world class. With Antonio Valencia off form, perhaps Nani will grasp the nettle at Manchester United at last.