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 you are confident, you feel like anything is possible. If you have the quality, you just need to be confident and then you can produce your best football.
Are we seeing the complete Nani now, or is there still more to come?
As a player I think that I’m nearly complete. Now I can say I am one of the top players in the world. I play for the best club in the world and I play every game, and I think my role in the team is to score goals or set up goals so that this team can win games.
Is that important to you to know that and to believe it?
Yes, of course. You have to believe in yourself and believe in your abilities. That’s how you become the best player you can be.
You’ve mentioned a few times about the extra work you’ve been doing in training. What specifically have you been working on?
When you have a lot of games it’s not so easy because you are resting and recovering. But last week – when I wasn’t playing in the Carling Cup – I was able to do extra work in the gym, you can stay behind after training and work on your ball skills, your shooting, crossing, free-kicks, everything. In the summer I did a lot as well. Two weeks before we started training I was doing running to get myself fit; I was frustrated after missing out on the World Cup, so I wanted to be ready for the season with United.