Peseiro: Nani needs Fergie's support

Braga manager Jose Peseiro has urged Sir Alex Ferguson to be more supportive of Nani.

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The Portuguese winger arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in 2007. Hot on the heels of Cristiano Ronaldo's success at the club, many were expecting Nani to emulate his compatriot's achievements.

Although the 25-year old managed to establish himself in the Manchester United starting line-up after Ronaldo's departure to Real Madrid, a series of injuries last season and several disappointing performances in this campaign has seen Nani draw the ire of his manager.

As the man who handed the attacker his debut at Sporting, Peseiro urged Ferguson to give Nani a second shot.

"After Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester, he had two or three fantastic seasons and Manchester depended on him," he said to the Daily Mail.

"At this moment it isn't the same but Nani can improve more. But a player can only play at the maximum level when he's happy. If he's not happy, he can't. I know him. If he doesn't play, it is not easy for him. He doesn't feel well when he doesn't play."

Nonetheless, the Braga boss conceded that the talent populating United's midfield made it difficult for the winger to break into the team's starting line-up.

"I don't know why Nani doesn't play now. I know the team is good. Manchester United doesn't just have 11 players but 20 at the similar top level and it's hard. I don't know if the problem is that he doesn't sign another contract, if the coach has less confidence in him or if he just doesn't feel right at this moment," Peseiro remarked.

"I hope he finishes the season well because it is important for him, the national team and important for me because I took Nani from the Under-18s and put him in the first team at Sporting."

Reflecting on his experience of coaching Nani, Peseiro believes the former Sporting player would benefit from more encouragement.

"All players have a different personality, some need an embrace and support, others don't need any support. Sure, the English players don't need too much support, but the Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish players need more emotional contact," he related.

"Sir Alex Ferguson can't speak differently to him than to the others, but I know some players need more. Nani needs more, I think."

Manchester United play Braga in their Champions League Group H fixture on Wednesday.

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