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Nani's Twists and Turns Against Bolton: Video

Bolton Wanderers 0 – 3 Manchester United

Bolton Wanderers 0 – 4 Manchester United

Every once in a while, you see a footballer make an incredible move. It’s so good that you have to rub your eyes, rewind the DVR and watch it in slow motion to see how he did it exactly. In the case of Nani, Manchester United’s left winger, he did an incredible twist and turn to beat his defender Saturday against Bolton. His move opened up valuable space in the penalty area where he slotted the ball into the middle to allow a Manchester United teammate to score.

The move was remarkable, but it was even more outstanding when you consider that he tried the same exact move (except for turning a different way) against the same defender just minutes later and he again slotted the ball across the goal into the path of another teammate which again led to a goal.

The way that Nani leaned one way and pulled his leg back to shoot which sent Bolton defender Sam Ricketts one way was sublime, but then Nani faked the shot and rolled the ball the other way leaving Ricketts off balance. That gave Nani enough space and a second of time to slot the pass across the box and into the path of Dimitar Berbatov for the first of Nani’s two wonder assists.

The second was almost identical but Nani this team did the same trick and turned the other way and fed the ball to Darron Gibson who rifled the ball into the top of the net and the ball bounced down inside the goal for wondrous celebrations and relief from the Manchester United players and fans.

Nani is pulling these twists and turns off more successfully lately which is a beautiful thing to watch. He did it earlier this season against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. And I’m sure he’ll do it again on an unsuspecting defender in the coming weeks before the season ends.

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10 Responses to Nani's Twists and Turns Against Bolton: Video

  1. The Ultimate ABU (Anyone But United) says:

    Who effing cares. He’s a poor man’s Ronaldo.

    He did a few little tricks against a poor side like Bolton, and now you are off praising him like he is a world-class player.

    Let’s see what he does against Chelski next week. Guarantee he will be exposed as the mediocre player he is.

  2. man99utd says:

    Poor ABU…Doesn’t know a budding winger when he sees one.

    I’ll admit Nani has frustrated me over the past few years, but he is bang in form right now and looking better every match. He turned the defender inside out. I’m not saying he’s the next Ronaldo, yet many did scratch their heads when SAF brought Ronaldo to OT. It worked out pretty well.

  3. CTBlues says:

    I’ll take Malouda over Nani.

    • Sam Davis says:

      I bet you would. But I also bet that you wouldn’t be saying that if we were talking about the Malouda of early last season and the season before. Ya know, the one who couldn’t seem to get settled into the team to save his life and the one who was seen as pretty much being a huge flop at Chelski.

      On Nani, that first move was awesome, the second slightly less so. He’s been frustrating to watch the past few seasons and even after his Arsenal displays he kind of dipped back down to normal Nani-of-old territory but it seems like he may be gaining some consistency now. At least I hope so.

  4. man99utd says:

    Malouda is quality that’s for sure. That’s why he’s in my fantasy team. Nani still has alot of growing to do, whilst Malouda is pretty much a finished product.

  5. AP says:

    Really, no one’s comparing him to anyone here. Just a mere recognition of the skills he displayed today. Why the need to slack him off? I’m sure if Malouda or anyone else came up with something nice to watch over and over, we’d have a post about it here.

  6. JCP says:

    Nani is poor. I would take Malouda over him any day..

  7. forweg says:

    Ricardo Fuller’s goal was a hell of a lot more impressive. Oh, right, he plays for Stoke, so I guess it didn’t really happen.

    • Brickthrower says:

      I can agree on 2 things. Bolton’s defense against Nani was pathetic and West Ham’s defense against Fuller was pathetic. They each get a golf clap for capitalizing on it however.

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