Manchester United star 'has all the qualities of Cristiano Ronaldo', claims Neville

Nani and Lahm Portugal Germany

Phil Neville has been speaking about the infuriating talent of Manchester United and Portugal's Nani.

Manchester United winger Nani hit the opener for Portugal against USA, in a World Cup match he could consider himself fortunate to be starting.

The winger's woeful display against Germany left many questioning his inclusion in the line-up, particularly off the back of a very disappointing and injury hit season at Manchester United.

An assistant at Old Trafford last season, BBC pundit Phil Neville believes he has everything in his locker to be a star, even comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo.

"If you see the qualities of Ronaldo, Nani has got all those, he's got speed, he's got strength, he's got skill.

"It's just pulling it all together in one go. We've probably not see best of Nani in the Premier League for 90 mins or in a sustained period of time."

Asked by host Gary Lineker, 'is it something between the ears?', which had led him not to fulfil his potential, Neville responded:

"I think that's what's missing, he has all the attributes physically, and putting it together at big moments. I think he compares himself to the same standards to Ronaldo but he's nowhere (near) reached those levels yet."

Nani signed for Manchester United in 2007, and save for a bright season in 2010/11, he has failed to shine, so much so that fans question whether it is ever going to happen for him.

There was one more pundit to speak up in his favour however, Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel:

"I liked it when he wasn't on the teamsheet, from a goalkeeper standpoint. He's very similar to Ronaldo, has a quick release and short backlift on his strikes."

Nani may have the talent but his application of it and inconsistency remains in question, even after his goal last night his first half was best by mis-control and poor touches, summing up his career to date perfectly.

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