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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Nani happy to welcome Young into United set-up

MANCHESTER UNITED winger Nani has no plans to quit the English champions following the signing of Ashley Young last week and said today that he welcomed the competition for a place in the starting line-up at Old Trafford.

Nani, who did not start the Champions League final loss to Barcelona last month, had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but the Portuguese said he was looking forward to meeting his new team-mate. “Of course I have to welcome everyone they sign,” Nani said. “I think Man Utd is a fantastic club. When they bring in new players, they know if it is good for the team or not, and this (Young signing) has to help them,” added Nani. “It is good for the team.

“We want more (players) to help us to win trophies,” added Nani, who was in Singapore to help promote the Peter Lim Scholarship scheme for the Singapore Olympic Foundation. The 24-year-old explained that his experiences competing with the world's most expensive player, Cristiano Ronaldo, for a place in the Portugal line-up and previously in the United first team meant he was not concerned by the prospect of reduced appearances following Young's arrival. “I've been there (at United) when Cristiano was there, Cristiano was one of the best players in the world,” he said. “At that moment (I had no) worries about him (taking my place),” Nani said of the player who joined Real Madrid in 2009.

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