Nani | Now & Then | A stats comparison

Nani | Now & Then | A stats comparison

When Cristiano Ronaldo departed Old Trafford for sunnier pastures there was much discussion over who would assume his mantle. The pundits speculated about any number of potential transfers to be made with Antonio Valencia eventually arriving for a massive fee.  And, largely ignored in the statements coming from press and Old Trafford, Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha began to step from the shadow of his international teammate and began writing his own legacy in Manchester. Since the 2008/09 season Nani has steadily …
Man United 3 Chelsea 1 | Clinical Finishing

Man United 3 Chelsea 1 | Clinical Finishing

Andre Villas-Boas' first stern test of the season ended with a loss for his team but based on this showing, he's making good progress. He set up Chelsea to attack and this made for a very open game, one that was enjoyed by all parties except, maybe, those on the losing side. Free flowing attacking games like today's are good in the sense that they expose weaknesses in a team's defensive and attacking play. In the opening 20 minutes of …
Wingers | The wide men of the EPL

Wingers | The wide men of the EPL

Stewart Downing and Ashley Young netted Aston Villa a total of £35million. Nani proved that he was an able replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Matthew Etherington rediscovered his form of old. Chris Brunt shone in an average West Brom side. And David Silva showed that the £21million price tag was well justified. It was a great year for wingers from a fans point of view, but what do the stats say? Are they really justifying the price tags? At Villa, the …
Nani vs Young | United's Big Wing Battle

Nani vs Young | United's Big Wing Battle

Manchester United have a bit of a lop-sided squad at the moment. They have an absolute embarrasment of riches both up front and out wide, whereas in the center of midfield and at full-back they're relatively threadbare considering they expect to be challenging for their 20th title this season. It was something of a surprise, then, when they paid the asking price to bring Ashley Young to Old Trafford, especially considering the excellent form of Nani until January and the …
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