Nani’s tenure at Manchester United was not always pleasant, and he blames some of it on his inability to adjust to Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United became the best “school” in Nani’s life once he learned how to work with Alex Ferguson – but crossing the bridge was not easy for the former Portugal star.
Nani’s best individual season came in 2010-11, when he racked up 14 assists and nine goals for Manchester United, earning him a place on the PFA Team of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Season awards. What is the key for him? We’ve finally deduced what makes Ferguson tick.
Nani told Stats Perform News of his tenure with Ferguson. He said: “I think the best moment is all the trophies we earned together. I think when you play for a coach like that, the way he handled the team and continued to win, we are privileged, no? But I learned how to work with Alex Ferguson because at first, I didn’t understand because I was too emotional.
My history, you know, you need some life lessons, and I was learning so quickly with all my teammates and coaches assisting in that way, and I was pleased with the end because they helped me develop so quickly. I learned how to interact with them and how to play the game with them.
With them, I learned how to play the game and how to act in a big club like Man United, and that’s why I have so many fond memories today. That was the best school I’ve ever attended because the lessons I learned during my seven years at Man United taught me the ability to be who I am today and to appreciate things the way I do.”