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Nani can eclipse Ronaldo, says former United winger

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Former Manchester United forward Danny Wallace believes Nani is beginning to demostrate why he is a natural successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nani has hit 12 goals and weighed in with numerous assists this season as United pursue an historic Treble, and has gone some way to allaying fears that he would never fulfil his potential.

The 24-year-old is demonstrating the promise he showed fleetingly since moving to Old Trafford in 2007 and is benefiting from the responsibility placed on his shoulders since Ronaldo joined Real Madrid almost two years ago.

And, although the Portuguese is unlikely to match the 42 goal feat set by his compatriot, Wallace believes Nani has the ability to become an Old Trafford great.

"I must admit I did have a few questions marks in my head about whether he could fill the Ronaldo void," Wallace told the Manchester Evening News.

"We hadn't seen the best of him because was taking time to settle and, of course, with Ronaldo around his opportunities were more limited.


 

"He was in his shadow when he was at the club and you always wondered if he would still cast a shadow over him, even though he left for Spain.

"On the evidence we had, it was hard to see him being able to compare. However, once he was settled and focused you saw a different player. He has his place in the side and you can see his confidence has grown.

"Nani has done excellently this season. He has stepped up to the plate. I think he is in line now to be Player of the Season. He is a contender without a doubt.

"Trying to step into Ronaldo's shoes is extremely difficult but I think he is almost there now on that score. He was erratic at one stage but that's wingers for you. Especially with crosses you can send them too deep, too short or over the bar but he has improved his delivery. He seems more concentrated now."

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