Rio Ferdinand explains why Nani didn't live up to Manchester United hype

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Rio Ferdinand is no stranger to social media. The former Manchester United defender is an avid Twitter and Facebook user, but some fans might not agree with his latest post.

Ferdinand lavished praise on former teammate Luis Nani, explaining that the Portuguese winger had all the attributes to succeed at United but things just didn't work out as many had hoped.

"He was blessed with lots of attributes, having the tools to match most in the world - pace, power in both feet, skill, strength...I could go on. It's one thing having all that it's another putting it all together," Ferdinand posted.

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Ferdinand cited a lack of consistency and possibly the pressure of trying to live up to Portuguese compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo for the reasons as to why Nani didn't quite fulfil his potential at Old Trafford, but did suggest he was incredible at one-on-ones.

"Of all the players I've played with during my career, if I wanted someone to beat someone 1 vs 1 & it was do or die he would have been one of my first picks for sure. He can go either way, off either foot, tricky & lightening quick - a defenders nightmare!"

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All the hype

The Portuguese star initially looked like he would develop into a top-class winger, similar to that of Ronaldo, but the two went in opposite directions, with Ronaldo flourishing and Nani floundering after an initial period of promise.

He was even talked up by manager Sir Alex Ferguson as being every bit as promising as the three-time Ballon d'Or winner.

For me, lack of confidence was a key part in Nani's demise at United. He often looked a frustrated figure when things didn't go right, although I don't think it was for the want of trying. 

Finished at last

United fans soon lost patience with the winger, and he was sent out on loan to Sporting Lisbon in 2014 after scoring 40 goals in 230 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.

Who knows how Nani would have developed if it wasn't for the above mentioned problems, but the majority of United fans will be hoping he can rebuild his career in Turkey after signing for Fenerbahce for £4.2million.


Ferdinand finished by wishing his former teammate well at his new club, stating: "I wish my mate well on his new adventure & I'm sure he will produce moments of excitement & brilliance for his new team & set of fans. Good luck Naan Bread!"

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