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16/09/2013 11:28, Report by Adam Marshall
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Nani looks to the future

that’s why I am so happy. I feel at home.

We’ve had the international break and you came up against Jonny Evans. As he played full-back, were you in direct competition with him?
Yes, I spoke with him when I came on as a substitute in the game. We were losing so I said: ‘Come on Jonny, relax’. I was joking and, after two minutes, we changed the result so I started laughing but it was a good game. It was hard but a great experience for us.

Then it was off to the United States, when you started against Brazil..
It was another great game. It is always spectacular to play against a big team like Brazil. It’s always nice and everyone wants to play them. We lost but I think we did a lot of good things in the game.

After this international break, we’ve got a rush of United matches until the final World Cup qualifying fixtures..
That’s what I’m looking forward to – playing in all these games and doing my best. I think I need to start playing and get to 100 per cent fitness as quickly as possible because that’s very important for me.

Obviously, you’re suspended for the tie with Bayer Leverkusen but is there extra motivation in the Champions League after last season?
Of course. Always – every season – there is good motivation so, this year, I want to concentrate and do well because last year was unlucky. We should have gone far and should have got into the quarter-finals but the referee made the decision to send me off. We need to forget that now and think about the present and the future to work hard and do better.

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