WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

25/03/2011 09:23

Papers: Nani's new style

Rory Smith writes in the Daily Telegraph...

Nani says he has been forced to curb his natural flair to succeed
Nani has matured into one of United’s most creative forces this season, providing more assists than any other player in the Premier League, despite initially being written off — most notably after his ball-juggling antics against Arsenal in 2008 - as little more than a purveyor of parlour tricks. The 24 year-old is well aware of the debt he owes to Ferguson for the trust he has shown in him, but he acknowledges that he has been compelled to suppress his showman’s streak to become an integral part of the Scot’s plans. "I grew up playing in the street with my friends, and I did not have any responsibility," he told Spanish magazine Don Balon. "It was just pleasure, fun, playing only for ourselves. Something of the street always remains, that is natural, but it is not easy to show at United because Sir Alex does not allow very much freedom. I cannot do the tricks and things I did with my friends. But when I can, when the game is under control, I take a risk and it makes me very happy if things work out. I receive a lot of congratulations and a lot of cards, and it is good to know the people like my style."

The Telegraph also claims United are competing with Liverpool for the signature of Bolton defender Gary Cahill, who was outstanding in last weekend's league match at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mirror, Daily Star and Daily Express relay some quotes from reported United goalkeeping target Manuel Neuer where he appears to hint at staying in Germany. "I definitely want to win the Bundesliga," he said. "I can go abroad twice a year, once for a summer holiday and once for a winter holiday, but whether I need to go abroad to play football - some players say you do, but I see things differently."

Finally, the Daily Mail claims long-serving Reds defender Wes Brown is considering his future.

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