Ryan Giggs: Nani can be the new Ronaldo for Manchester United

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs believes fellow teammate Nani can prove to be the new Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United.

Nani outshone Ronaldo in the Portugal-Denmark game, scoring 2 goals and providing Ronaldo’s goal, and Giggs thinks that Manchester United’s number 17 has started to gain over the trust of the fans, and is starting to prove how good he is after a slow start at Manchester United.

“I think Nani is ready to step up to that next level now. He has always been a match-winner but he needs to do it consistently,” Giggs said in The People.

“This season he has already made seven or eight goals and scored a couple but he can do better as well and improve and there is more to come.

“He’s definitely beginning to add something that perhaps we lacked since Cristiano left and he’s filling that gap better now. Those strikes from outside the box and the type of run and goal we saw at Bolton recently show that he’s got that in him.”

Giggs also thinks that Nani is more than capable of scoring more than 20 goals every season, and that the hot winger can provide the attacking edge Manchester United need.

“What he needs to do now is add more goals to his game. He needs to score 20 goals a season and make 20 goals. If he does that, and he is capable of it, that is all you can ask from a wide player.

“I am obviously one of the senior players here now and I speak to the wingers all the time about positional play. When they first come they probably don’t know their defensive duties as well in 4-4-2.

“But I’ve played a lot of that and I understand what is needed from a player who plays out wide and has an attacking role. You speak to those in your position all the time and Nani is very good at listening to that kind of advice.

“I have experience to pass on to the younger players and I do that with Nani. He needs to get more composure in the final third but he is still relatively young and I am certain he will add more goals to his game.”

Nani would be expected to listen to his peer, as the Welshman has spent more than 20 years at the very top of world football with the Red Devils, as Giggs played with and against some of the biggest names in the history of the game.

Ryan said: “When I joined United I honestly never thought it would last this long. At the start you just set little goals, like get to the first team. Then you get more greedy and you want to win things and score more goals.

“When I was 18 or 19, Bryan Robson was 35 or 36 and the thought of me playing at that age was a million miles away. But it’s here now and I’m passing advice on to the young lads like Robbo did to me.”

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  1. WISDOM SILUNGWE 12 October, 2010
  2. Wisdom Silungwe 12 October, 2010