Rio Ferdinand suggested Nani was the difference last night, as Manchester United defeated Reading 2-1 to reach the FA Cup quarter-final.

Nani opened the scoring after 69 minutes at Old Trafford and just three minutes later turned provider as he hit a pin-point cross which found the head of Mexican forward Javier Hernandez.

Ferdinand, who was an unused substitute in last night’s match, told his official Facebook page: "Nani was electric and made the difference."

The Portuguese international has been out of favour for much of the season, but last night proved he may have something to offer in the final stages of the season as Manchester United go searching for trophies on three different fronts.

Sir Alex Ferguson also heaped praise on the winger, as he told MUTV and ESPN: "I think he deserved it. He's a fantastic talent. You could see he was right on form when he came on. He's a good addition. If he keeps that form, it makes my job more difficult."

Nani will now be hoping his performance in the FA Cup will grant him a start when the Red Devils take on bottom side Queens Park Rangers this weekend in the Premier League.

The game will see two teams desperate for all three points for entirely different reasons. United could go a massive 15 points clear of Manchester City with a win at Loftus Road, whilst the Hoops can move closer to the safety line.

If United are able to defeat QPR on Saturday, then there will be even greater pressure on City to beat Chelsea the following day, as the title race drifts towards the red half of Manchester.


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