Former Manchester United attacker Nani has admitted in a recent interview that he advised Bruno Fernandes to join his old club side because the fans “will go crazy” for him.
Nani, 34, now currently plays for MLS side Orlando City but is a former team-mate of United’s Fernandes after the pair teamed-up during the 34-year-old’s most recent spell with Sporting Lisbon.
Nani first joined United in 2007 from Sporting Lisbon and went on to feature in 230 matches in all competitions for the Reds during a seven-year spell which saw the winger lift 12 major trophies, including four Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.
Speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, Nani has lifted the lid on the part he played in Fernandes’ decision to join his former side, he said: “A couple of years ago I was giving advice to Bruno Fernandes, who I used to play with at Sporting.
“Bruno now is a much better player than when we were playing together. He was doing great in Portugal but the Portuguese league is not the same as the Premier League – in everything there is more quality and intensity.
“I saw so much potential in Bruno and I told him to go to England if he decided to move to another league. I said to him, ‘Your game will fit there and the fans will go crazy for you!’
“The style of his football is something fans appreciate.
“He is a player who likes to take risks in the game, who wants to take the responsibility of the game on his back and make difficult passes, dribbles and shots.
“He doesn’t care about mistakes; he only thinks about success and making the team have success. He knows what that takes. That’s Man United, isn’t it?”
Since his arrival at Old Trafford in January, Fernandes has featured in 35 matches in all competitions and has been directly involved in a whopping 34 goals; a truly remarkable feat which has rarely been seen since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Nani’s recent comments certainly echo the thoughts of every single United fan around the world who simply cannot get enough of their new Portuguese superstar.