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Every day’s a match day for Nani: Winger to fight for his Manchester United place by impressing in training

By Chris Bailey

Nani has not enjoyed a consistent season for Manchester United – but the winger believes if he knuckles down, the rewards will come.

Dogged by injury and rumours of an imminent departure – including whispers in the summer over a move to Zenit St Petersburg – the 26-year-old has only made 21 appearances this term.

While Nani admits he is struggling to find consistency in a stop-start campaign, he believes the best way to impress is by showing what he can do on the training pitch.

“When you’re in and out, which is natural at this club, it’s more difficult,” the Portugal international told manutd.com.

“In those periods you have to treat training sessions like they are matches and work especially hard every day. Then, when you get an opportunity, hopefully your performance levels are high.

“This is a scenario that affects a lot of players, not just me. We have two or three players in every position and the manager rotates his side.

“The key is that everybody works hard and they’re ready to help the team when they are picked.”

One United winger who has taken the accolades this season is the evergreen Ryan Giggs, who recently announced he will be playing into his 40s after signing a new one-year contract.

Though Nani is well aware that Giggs serves as a role model to all, he is less certain he will be able to emulate the one-of-a-kind Welsh winger.

“I don’t know! If I can, I hope so,” he added. “Giggsy looks after himself very well and that’s important for a long career.

“He’s an example to everybody – to play until you’re 40 you have to take very good care of yourself. I’ll try my best to do that.”

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