Manchester United Veteran Ryan Giggs: Nani is the New Cristiano Ronaldo!

Michele TardioliContributor IIOctober 10, 2010

BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:   Nani of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United at the Reebok Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Ryan Giggs has said that Manchester United winger Nani is ready to step into the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

Nani has been at Manchester United since moving from Sporting Lisbon in 2007.  He has often been criticized for failing to match his talent with an end product.  However, last season, he scored six goals and contributed 11 assists, becoming an important component of Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

This season, Nani has already scored twice and set up five goals.  Giggs, who has been at Manchester United for nineteen years, believes that Nani is ready to make a similar impact at Old Trafford as did fellow Portugese winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Giggs told The People, “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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

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