Comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo have followed Luis Nani since he was a teenager, but the Manchester United winger is determined to prove he is a unique talent.

Nani joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2005, following the path trodden by his compatriot two years previous, and is beginning to realise the potential Sir Alex Ferguson always knew the 24-year-old had.

The Portuguese scored 13 goals and provided 17 assists for club and country last term during his finest season as a United player and, inevitably, has seen himself compared to Ronaldo once again.

Nani, however, is only focused on ensuring he continues his progress by maintaining a regular level of top-quality performances.

"For five years, every time the question is the same," he said. "It's all about Ronaldo. You have to be him. Are you doing the same? Do you think you can do it now?


 

"Always when I do something good it's the same. When I do OK, it's nothing. When I do something very good, they come with this question about him. But it's OK. It doesn't change anything in me.

"This is my fifth year here and people know what I can do. Sometimes I play a nice game, sometimes I play not such a fantastic game, but I think everyone knows me and what I can do.

"Maybe my form has to be more consistent and my performances in the past should be like that.

"Now I'm in this position I'm more confident, more consistent. I can do for 90 minutes what in the past I just did for 45, and that's the most important thing."

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