PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United Honours

17. Nani

Birthdate:17 Nov 1986
Birthplace:Praia, Cape Verde
Position:Winger
Appearances230
Goals Scored41
Joined United:01 Jul 2007
United Debut:05 Aug 2007 v Chelsea (N)
International:Portugal

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha - or Nani, as we all know him - is a powerful, pacy winger capable of dominating matches with his unique brand of wing wizardry.

Since signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2007, the Portuguese has become an integral player at Old Trafford, moving out of Cristiano Ronaldo's looming shadow to become a star in his own right.

His debut season is hard to beat, having won the title and European Cup, though the 2010/11 campaign is widely considered his 'coming of age' term. After helping the Reds seal a record-breaking 19th title, he then took home the Player of the Year prize at United's annual awards night, an accolade that was more than deserved.

Sir Alex Ferguson highlighted an increased maturity in the wide man and his blossoming personality. And it seemed fair to suggest that the inconsistency that had, at times, frustrated fans earlier in his career was now a by-product of youth.

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