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Nani: I didn’t understand, i thought Man Utd players did not like me

Goal: The famous Class of ’92 immediately made sure the eventual Euro 2016 winner would have to stay on his toes if he was to succeed in England

Nani has offered some insight into the pressures involved in signing for Manchester United, with the Portuguese revealing that he was sure some of the club’s older players didn’t like him during his first few years with the Old Trafford side.

The attacker, who now plies his trade in Major League Soccer with Orlando City, arrived from Sporting in 2007 as a fresh-faced 20-year-old and was tasked with the daunting prospect of lining up alongside club greats such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

Indeed, the Red Devils’ elder statesmen were hard enough on the then youngster for him to feel he was unwanted, but eventually came to realise that his team-mates were merely pushing him to realise his full potential and instil a winning mentality.

“It was so important for me to have Giggs, Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, because they were there every time, pushing me and saying things to me. I was not understanding what they were doing. I thought they didn’t like me,” Nani said on the UTD Podcast.

“They would just, every time, go mad at me because things didn’t go well but they saw a lot of potential in me in training and were believing a lot in me. After two or three years, I started realising a lot. It’s one thing to listen but you try to do what they say.”

After establishing himself as a United player, Nani felt more at ease in being critical of team-mates in the same way some club greats had been of him – which would sometimes lead to training ground disagreements.

However, the hugely competitive nature of the club also served to help form a strong bond between the players, as Nani revealed the squad would always make the most of celebratory occasions under Sir Alex Ferguson.

“Like I said, we fought, we disagreed on the field but it was the strongest team I’ve been in,” the 33-year-old went on. “We knew the times to play together, to respect each other. When we had to enjoy it together as well.

“We used to do celebrations because we never had a day off, our boss was a very hard person. At Christmas or someone’s birthday, or Manchester United Foundation galas, they were our opportunities to be together, drink a beer and sing.

“I remember a great moment at a Christmas party where I remember Scholes singing, drinking his beer. Then I had to sing as well and improvise something.

“I think sometimes I can rap a little bit and Rio was pushing me a lot to do that. I was doing it in English, so imagine that. My English is horrible! They were laughing a lot, so it was a great moment.”

Source: Published by Goal

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Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
10 days ago

Am happy u learn from dem yelling at u

Akinsiku Felix
Akinsiku Felix
10 days ago

Good

Chima franklyn
Chima franklyn
10 days ago

At least it helped you develop fine

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
10 days ago

Why didn’t they like u? Did they boo u or abuse u? because I don’t get it.

Gideon
Gideon
10 days ago

That’s good at least you have learn something from them

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
10 days ago

Well,they always want to bring out the best out of every players.

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
10 days ago

It’s 1 tin in lyf…. Work hard so dat pipu hu don’t biliv in u B4 would comeback n appreciate u

Michael Josi
Michael Josi
10 days ago

Nani really learnt a lot and he has now realized his full potentials, thanks to his team mates, I really love this, it’s quite encouraging

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
10 days ago

Interesting to know

Rotimi tunbosun
Rotimi tunbosun
10 days ago

Great

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
10 days ago

Man u help Nani carrier

Ikechukwu Osadebe Harry
Ikechukwu Osadebe Harry
10 days ago

Manchester has always had an issue with black players

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
10 days ago

We all need that little push in life

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
10 days ago

At leat you have learn a bitter lesson nd hope the error wnt repeat it self again.

Ogali Christian
Ogali Christian
10 days ago

U thought wrong Nani

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
10 days ago

Like seriously

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
10 days ago

Atleast you understand them and learn something vital from them

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
10 days ago

Am glad you later understood the reasons behind their yelling, and i believe it made you a better player in general.

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
10 days ago

Very good

Ademola wahab
Ademola wahab
10 days ago

Thats what it takes to be part of a team like man united, is good he realise that they want the best out of him

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
10 days ago

They were only trying to make you do better

Gideon
Gideon
10 days ago

Am very happy because he l
Something from them

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
10 days ago

They love you and that yelling help shaped him and made him a better player .

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
10 days ago

I love Nani.
He was a wonderful player for United

Felix Osezua
Felix Osezua
10 days ago

It not easy to be a great player, thank God you listen up

Sammy alabi
Sammy alabi
10 days ago

at least you gain one or two things from United legend

NUHU A BILLAH
NUHU A BILLAH
10 days ago

Even with that ur name is already written in the man I history book cause they will always remember ur contribution to the team

Stanley Ejike Raphael
Stanley Ejike Raphael
10 days ago

Well i think it really helped you pick up your broken pieces

Osuji Caleb ikechi
Osuji Caleb ikechi
10 days ago

They really helped him to develop, that’s team spirit.

Ogwu E. Moses
Ogwu E. Moses
10 days ago

Nani was a good player at United, but expectations from both fans and Man United put a lot of pressure on him.

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
10 days ago

Every player needs that push to achieve their potential

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
10 days ago

They wanted the best out of u man

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
9 days ago

It is good that u listened to them

Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
9 days ago

Absolutely cool, atleast u achieve something from them.

Mahatma
Mahatma
9 days ago

Wow

TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
9 days ago

Good to know that u know

William Ayewe INAEDE
William Ayewe INAEDE
9 days ago

Fighting spirit… GGMU

Segun John
Segun John
7 days ago

Can’t wait to resume