Nani has been United's most influential attacking player this term. But in an exclusive ManUtd.com interview, the Portuguese winger says he must replicate that form in the season's important stages for it all to count...
You’ve scored and created a lot of goals this season. Are you pleased with your form?
I’m really happy but it’s what I do from now until the end of the season that really counts. Everything I do now has the potential to be very important, to play a big role in helping us to hopefully win the league. I want to give my best and keep performing. I feel great that, so far this season, I’ve been able to help my team a lot but that won’t mean anything if we’re not successful. Some people are saying I’m one of the most important players in the team, somebody who can provide a bit of magic, but I still think I can improve certain aspects of my game and I’d like to score more goals and create more chances.
What’s better: scoring or assisting?
When I help my team-mates score I feel just the same as when I score myself. The main thing is that we win and lift trophies at the end of the season. I don’t care who scores or sets the goals up.
You’ve scored 10 this term – eight with your left foot. That’s phenomenal for a right-footer…
When I was very young I used to go to the local square where we played football and practice alone. Sometimes I’d spend all afternoon there on my own, practicing with my right foot and then with my left foot. I’d practice curling the ball, hitting it hard… I always wanted to improve. And now, when I hear statistics like that, I feel very proud because I know that all my hard work has paid off.
Mostly you’ve played on the right wing in Antonio Valencia's absence. Is that your preferred position?
To tell you the truth, it’s no easier for me on the right than it is on the left. When I play on the left everybody expects me to cut inside onto my right foot. Because they expect me to do that it