Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he thinks Portuguese winger Nani perhaps adapted to the Premier League quicker than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo left United for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for a world record £80million, after lighting up the Premier League with his outstanding performances and Ferguson admits the player was a ‘once in a lifetime’ star.
Ronaldo had a couple of seasons to settle into the most competitive league in the world, and Nani, after several inconsistent seasons is finally starting to help will the void left by Ronaldo.
His wonderfully taken goal against Manchester City was his 10th of the season, and Ferguson revealed he is expecting even more from his new star player.
“Ronaldo was exceptional,” reflected Ferguson. “He is a one-in-a-lifetime player.
“But it did take him time to settle and develop in the English game. If anything, Nani has done it a bit quicker.
“I don’t need to trumpet his improvement. He has been consistent all season.
“He is a match-winner who creates goals and he scores them. He had seven strikes against City and that is a high ratio for a winger, particularly in a big game.
“He is showing maturity now. Every time he gets near the box you think something is going to happen. When you get that, you have a great player.”
Ferguson also pointed out that whilst Nani’s goal was good, no one will remember it because of Rooneys overhead kick to win the game with 10 minutes left.
“It was the most unexpected goal ever,” he said.
“Nobody expected him to elevate himself in that fashion and deliver a shot with that ferocity.
“There have been plenty of overhead kicks over the years. We have almost forgotten about Dimitar Berbatov’s against Liverpool earlier this season.
“But with Wayne’s, it was the surprise of it.”