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Nani turns Sir Alex's trash into treasure
"Sir Alex Ferguson is a very complicated man. He is tough. If things are all right, then they are all right, but when he thinks something is wrong, then everything is screwed. He can go from complimenting you to trashing you in a matter of minutes." With these words did Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, the footballer known as Nani, appear to sign his death warrant at Old Trafford. In the same month that Nani gave his interview, Ferguson had gone to Goodison Park to watch Benfica's Angel Di María bewitch Everton in the Europa League. After that, reports began appearing of a deal that would take the 21-year-old Argentinian to Old Trafford in exchange for £12m plus Nani. The Portuguese winger did not return to Lisbon in January. Instead, he remained in Manchester where suddenly and unexpectedly he blossomed, and he will probably start against Aston Villa tonight. His electric displays, first against Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final at Old Trafford and then in the command performance at Arsenal, that confirmed the promise that had persuaded Ferguson to pay Sporting Lisbon £17m for a largely unproven 20-year-old.
Tim Rich, The Guardian
Gary Neville tells the Daily Mirror Nani can "be anything he wants to be". Gary says: "People expect so much from young players, but it takes time. It took time for Ronaldo to settle at United. Nani's performances against Hull, Man City and Arsenal have been absolutely fantastic."
Nani has his sights on team glory, though: "I'm convinced Chelsea will fail because of the pressure we're putting them under in the race," the Mirror quotes him as saying. Carlo Ancelotti, however, can't stop laughing about it all. "I am calm," Ancelotti tells the Independent, "because we're top of the list. It's my character. In a relationship with the players you have to be like you are, you can't fake anything. I like to joke with my players." (Ah, lol).