Nani versatility delights Phelan

Nani is becoming a big threat to opposing defences because of his ability on both flanks, according to Manchester United's Mike Phelan.

The Portugal winger was drafted in on the right against West Ham and responded with a superb goal in the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford.

It came after he missed a penalty in his previous outing against Fulham. Had Nani scored his side would have led 3-1, but instead they had to settle for a draw.

Assistant manager Phelan is pleased with the player's mindset.

He said: "Nani's head never goes down. He takes a few knocks along the way but he always rises to an occasion.

"It was important for him to bounce back. We played him on the right, which he doesn't normally do, he plays on the left. His general play and running off the ball was very good."

Nani was chosen ahead of Antonio Valencia and that has given United a dilemma about which one of the two is best suited to the role.

"It does raise a question, " Phelan told the BBC. "But we have to balance the team the right way.

"When Nani plays on the left he likes to come inside. When he plays on the right, he can deliver a ball and also score by running inside and finishing with great power."

Source: Team Talk
Date Published: 30 August 2010