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Confidence crucial for misfiring star

hi-res-185933096-nani-of-manchester-united-walks-off-the-pitch-as-his_crop_exactNani has spoken out in favour of David Moyes, claiming he’s received a much-needed confidence boost since the Scotsman replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in July.

Timely though the confidence boost might have been, United are still to reap the benefits, with Nani starting only five Premier League games this season and, much like fellow wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, failing to impress this season.

Nani, who was booed off the pitch by some section of fans against Stoke City when he was replaced by Adnan Januzaj, was given a five year contract in the summer, despite reports that linked the 27-year-old with a move to Galatasaray or Monaco.

Speaking to a Sunday newspaper, United’s Portuguese winger hailed the influence Moyes’ arrival has had on him:

“The manager has been fantastic with me. He has been giving me advice and trying to help give me confidence.

“The coaches are trying to get my confidence higher to show all the qualities I have got. They are trying to get me back to my best level,” said Nani.

However, despite his new deal, Nani has so far fallen a long way short of the form he enjoyed in the 20010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, when he produced a combined 17 goals and 31 assists over 62 Premier League matches.

Valencia might have not enjoyed scintillating form so far this season, but he remains ahead of Nani in the pecking order, perhaps as Moyes perceives as more dependable and trustworthy from a tactical point of view – even though the Ecuadorian’s abject defensive positioning against Manchester City offers a strong counter-argument – while the emergence of Adnan Januzaj has seen Nani’s game time reducing even further.

Many United fans however remain convinced that the Portuguese is one of the few players capable of turning a game on its head, a luxury few players can provide at United, and Nani himself believes that United’s 1-0 win against Arsenal 10 days ago could prove to be a turning point in their season.

“It looks like teams are more confident when they come here to play against us,” said United’s number 17.

“I think once results start coming we will show who the real Manchester United are and will do much better.”