The Unfortunate Demise of Nani

The Unfortunate Demise of Nani

The last year has seen the future of Manchester United winger Nani questioned regularly after falling out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson, and the winger’s role under David Moyes still remains unclear, with reports of a move to Turkey, Russia and now Monaco – a far cry from the player that was supposed to be a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. In the early years of Nani’s Manchester United career, he often received comparisons to his club and country teammate …
No Need for Nani? | Statistical Comparison with Ashley Young

No Need for Nani? | Statistical Comparison with Ashley Young

When Nani joined Manchester United in the summer of 2007, many viewed this as the signing that would push the Red Devils over the top. Manchester United were coming off a season in which they had won the Premier League, beating runners up Chelsea by 6 points. However, with their previous title occurring in the 2002/2003 season, Sir Alex desperately wanted to strengthen his team for long term success. With one of the world’s best players in Cristiano Ronaldo and …
Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

When Michael Owen was released from Manchester United recently, Valencia stepped up to become Manchester United’s new Number 7. However, it is my strong belief that Nani should have been the one to don the jersey instead. Why, you might ask? Before we get into my rationale, let’s explore the significance of the Number 7, and Manchester United’s love affair with that number. History To sum it in one word, it’s the history. That’s the best way to try to …