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Nani signed for Man United because of Ronaldo, Quieroz and Ferguson

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Nani says Manchester United’s Portuguese connections played a big role in convincing him to join the club in 2007.

United strengthened their attacking options when they lured Nani from Sporting Lisbon 13 years ago, with the winger winning a Premier League and Champions League double in his debut campaign.

Nani won 12 trophies in total during his spell at Old Trafford, even being named in the PFA Team of the Year as United won the Premier League trophy in 2011.

The Portuguese winger is fondly remembered for his time at the club but things might have turned out differently had he not listened to advice from his agent.

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Nani had plenty of offers on the table after his breakthrough at Sporting, but it was the influence of compatriots Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Queiroz which convinced him to move to Manchester, along with the opportunity to work with legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

“In such a short time, I had so many teams trying to buy me and invest in me for the future, and obviously it was very important that my agent gave me some good advice,” Nani told Utd Unscripted.

“So he did. He said: ‘If you go to Man United, Cristiano is already there, you have Carlos Queiroz who is Portuguese, they can both help you. Plus the coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, is someone who will invest in the young lads. When he brings them, he does something with them. He doesn’t just leave it as your problem if you don’t do your best.’

“As soon as I heard that, I said: ‘Ok, I want to go to Man United.’ He did his job with the club and when I arrived, it was amazing.

“When you see these people on TV, you don’t see them as just normal people. But they were just completely normal. They helped me a lot and it was so easy for me to fit into the team and get so used to the players, to the culture, to everything in the club.”

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