Date:27th August 2011 at 6:15pm
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For years Nani has had to deal with the tag of ‘the new Ronaldo’.

It undoubtedly affected him whilst Ronaldo was still at the club but in his absence, Nani has flourished becoming an integral part of the team as seen last season when he scored and assisted copious amounts of goals.

The winger himself feels properly settled and strikes fear into defenders all across the Premier League and rightly so because he is that talented.

Whilst the comparisons may be irritating there are similarities between him and Ronaldo and seeing this Sir Alex has revealed he signed Nani in anticipation of Cristiano Ronaldo moving on,

“Cristiano had two years left, I think, when we let him go.We had him for six years and the issue is how long do you think you’re going to keep European players?

“We like to think they’d stay here forever, and some have been very good that way. But with Cristiano, he’d always had this dream he wanted to play forReal Madrid. He fulfilled part of his dream by playing for Manchester United for six years and then he wanted to do the same with Real Madrid. I understood that part because he was a fantastic professional for me.

“Even though he wanted to go to Real Madrid the previous year, it didn’t stop him from being a top player. Everything was perfect with the boy, he was a professional right down to his bootlaces.

“You have to plan ahead. We looked ahead and got Nani. You can only do your best in terms of preparing for the inevitable and make sure you’re stocked up with enough players to compensate for it.”