A regular and important player at one of the best clubs in the world - Nani has every right to feel he is one of the best footballers on the planet. He's not arrogant, just full self-belief. It's been key to his turnaround in form in 2010. But with four goals and seven assists so far this term, he's still not completely content...
Rio Ferdinand said recently that you’ve been United’s best player this season – how does that make you feel?
I feel very happy that he said that because I have been working very hard, I’ve been concentrating a lot on being ready and being at my best for this season. I want to be as good as I can and help my team-mates as much as I can to make United successful. In some bad moments I’ve been able to do a few good things to help the team. I’m happy at the club and I hope to do much more for United than I’ve done up to this point. I’m working hard every day to achieve that.
You’ve scored four goals and set up seven so far this year – is this your best start to a season?
Erm… [pauses] Yes, I think I can say that. But I need to do much more because I’m not completely satisfied with the start to this season.
You’re not happy?
I’m not. I know that if I stop now and just think to myself that I’ve done well, it will mean nothing. That’s why I say I have much more to do.
But you seem to be making the key differences in games – with a goal or an assist. What do you put that down to?
I’ve learnt a lot, particularly from the older players at the club – Giggsy, Scholes and Rio. I’m more mature myself, and that helps. But those players teach you a lot by the way they play. The most important thing is to understand that you give what is best for the team. If you need a goal, it might be me scoring or providing a pass. Now I understand what I’m going to do and when the right moment is to do it.
Did you notice yourself that there was a moment when that clicked or did it happen over time?
I had to listen to the manager and players like Giggsy – he gives me advice all the time. That’s made me more mature, and I understand the game and the Premier League even more. If I’m doing well, it’s because I’m working hard, but a lot of it is because of the manager and players like Giggsy.
You look really confident in your own ability when you’re playing…
When you are playing well, you feel confident. And when