Nani to cut out the tricks
Man Utd winger Nani says he has been ordered by Sir Alex Ferguson to cut out the showboating.
Last Updated: 23/02/08 11:15am
Manchester United winger Nani says he has been ordered by Sir Alex Ferguson to cut out the showboating.
Nani angered Arsenal in last week's FA Cup tie by indulging in a spot of ball juggling towards the end of the 4-0 win at Old Trafford.
Several Arsenal players reacted with fierce challenges on the Portuguese, while Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was critical of the 21-year-old.
United boss Ferguson also rebuked Nani after the match and the former Sporting Lisbon youngster has taken his manager's comments on board.
"In Portugal I have done this many times, but it is only because it is an entertaining spectacle and not because I disrespect my rivals," he told the Daily Mail.
"I am a professional and am always very respectful with all the opposing players, but I do appreciate now that it may have looked bad.
"After the match Ferguson spoke to me and demanded that I do not repeat it in order to avoid problems.
"Obviously, I agreed. I always follow the orders of my coach and am not interested in causing controversy."
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva also expressed his disappointment with the tricks, but Nani insists he was not being disrespectful.
He added: "Gilberto Silva of Arsenal spoke to me and was clear about what their players thought about it. He was very critical of what I did and accused me of provoking Arsenal. But he never threatened me.
"On the field I am different from most players. My celebrations of goals with a somersault is an example. This is my character as a footballer."