Rio Ferdinand reacts on Facebook to Manchester United's Nani sale

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has paid tribute to his former colleague.

Retired former footballer Rio Ferdinand has paid tribute to ex Manchester United teammate Nani after the winger completed his move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

The ex-Leeds, West Ham and QPR centre-back penned a 400 word plus post on his official Facebook page, giving his thoughts on Portuguese international Nani and his career at the Red Devils, which began when they signed him from Sporting Lisbon in 2007.

Here are a couple of excepts, which sum up how Ferdinand feels about the attacker:

"Questions will be asked whether he will be happy with his utd career? Of course he will be happy.. endless amount of trophies where he played his part.. However, knowing Nani as I do, I do believe he would have wanted more games & to have influenced more consistently during his United tenure!

He was blessed with lots of attributes, having the tools to match most in the world - pace, power in both feet, skill, strength...I could go on. It's one thing having all that it's another putting it all together....week in week out.

"Of all the players I've played with during my career, if I wanted someone to beat someone 1 vs 1 & it was do or die he would have been one of my first picks for sure. He can go either way, off either foot, tricky & lightening quick - a defenders nightmare."

A player who could have hit the heights

If Manchester United were to produce a highlights reel of Nani's best moments at the club, it could be quite spectacular, with trickery, assists, and long range goals.

The bloopers reel however would be quite something too, with numerous shots blazed off target and crosses failing to get anywhere near the intended destination.

The question now for Nani's career is whether he can elevate it and shine away from the spotlight at Old Trafford and home comfort he enjoyed back on loan in Lisbon last season, and establish himself as a truly consistent star in Turkey.

The stage is there for him and he has a fresh slate, but more inconsistency and his new supporters will be having as mixed views as United fans do about him, despite the happy memories he provided at Old Trafford.

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