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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:06

Man United players vote Nani Player of the Year

Prestigious award for winger

Portuguese international Nani has been voted the Players’ Player of the Year by his Manchester United team-mates at the club’s official awards ceremony this evening.

Nani, who has scored 10 goals and provided a further 18 assists during the season, also came in second in the fans’ vote for the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, losing out to Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez by just one percent in the final count.

"I must say thank you very much to my team-mates. It means a lot to win this award," Nani said when receiving the prize. "My team-mates have helped me a lot this season. That’s why I’m stood here. I have done my best to help the team win the league and, of course, I have been very focused on working hard and improving as a player.

"This has been my most consistent season for United. Every year I’ve been here I have improved and this one was fantastic for me. I created a lot of goals and scored more than last season, so I’m very happy. I hope to do even better next season."

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Comments (12)
well done!
12 Saturday, 21 May 2011 11:36
Well done Nani! He deserves this, hes been great all season
11 Friday, 20 May 2011 19:28
While there is little question that Nani had his best season, I can't help but feel that there is more to come. His trickery and guile is unparalleled in the premier league, but the end product is still delivered very inconsistently. He really carried United for a while but when Valencia came back and Rooneys form improved, Nani's role in the Man United show became greatly subdued. I look at what he has to offer: speed, great feet, great delivery, style, and intelligence and I see all of these qualities all together only a small percentage of the time. SAF has demonstrated that he has more confidence in players like JS Park and Valencia because he knows what he's getting. Park outworks everyone and Valencia, though he is not as technically gifted as Nani, is also a very steady, consistent, yet unspectacular performer. It is this kind of player that SAF is most devoted to. I wouldn't be shocked at all to see Nani on the bench for the majority of the CL final, unless they get behind by a few goals early. Nani is a very capable player and has shown that this season at times, but he needs to prove himself able to produce the goods more consistently. He isn't the finisher that Ronaldo is and he needs to be content with his role as a provider. If he produces 20-30 assists per season, he doesn't need to score like Ronaldo to be successful.
10 Friday, 20 May 2011 13:32
I have to admit that I was a bit surprised by this. I do get to watch and follow Man United (my second favorite club) a lot, and it's a bit of a shock.
You can say that Nani was key to the beggining of the season. You can actually say that he carried the club at times. Man United didn't lose, but they had a ton of draws and struggled mightly. Talk about winning ugly.
That being said, as the season wore on Nani once again became inconsistant in his play. He all of a sudden seemed to care more about shooting than setting up teamates. He did finish kind of strong, but he still needs to bring it all together.

Please keep in mind that Valencia always started on the right, which moved Nani to his least favorite left side. It was Valencia's injury that allowed Nani to go back to the right.
I thought that Edwin van der Sar (the deserving winner) Berbs or Hernandez whould have gotten the award.

As for him leaving, I don't see it. I know that Man United has already stated that they would be very active in the transfer market, which is unsusal.The club definately needs an influx of talent, and I'm really curious in which direction they will go.
By the end of the year, Rooney looked more like an attacking mid than striker. Granted he basically roams everywhere, but he was dropping back very far for the ball and covering on defense.
Absolutely Fantastic Player
9 Thursday, 19 May 2011 21:23
I've never seen a player refine his raw skill into something so effective. When Nani is on his game, I don't think there's a full back in the world that can stop him.

Definitely a Portuguese legend in the making.
8 Thursday, 19 May 2011 15:16
Happy for the guy, but this is like a going away present. SAF is going to swap him for sneijder from inter cause they have to replace the aging giggs. This also explains why Valencia has been getting more playing time recently.
please beat Barca!!!
7 Thursday, 19 May 2011 13:38
Nani, we need you to win the Champions League to humble those Barcalonians
Congratulations Nani!
6 Thursday, 19 May 2011 07:42
I'm delighted for him. He totally deserves the award, he was winning points on his own during parts of the season and no doubt he's only going to get better.
5 Thursday, 19 May 2011 04:56
Well deserved Nani.... too bad i could not watch many man u games but i knew Nani would finally come through for United.
4 Thursday, 19 May 2011 04:22
Congratulations Nani! You were great this year and deserve this honour. I look forward to watching you and ManU next season.

Good luck with the Champions League final!
3 Thursday, 19 May 2011 03:43
Nani is certainly deserving of this award. As a Man U fan, he elevated his game to a new level this season. Hopefully he can add a Champions League trophy to his trophy case. :)
Congrats to Nani
2 Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:27
About time he received a tiny bit of recognition for his work.

To be honest i've been disappointed in SAF not starting him in some big games. I'd like to see him move to a team with more portuguese players so he can establish more chemistry for the national team.
1 Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:58
Well deserved Nani!

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