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Winger feels Euro exploits hand United 'psychological advantage'

By Jamie Casey.   Last Updated: 06/05/11 8:34am

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Manchester United winger Nani has urged his team-mates to quickly turn their attention to Chelsea after securing a UEFA Champions League final spot.

United are on course for a Premier League and European double, with Chelsea and Barcelona standing in their way respectively.

After completing their 6-1 aggregate defeat of sorry Schalke in Wednesday's semi-final, United return to domestic action on Sunday with the visit of title-challengers Chelsea.

Amid all the hype surrounding their European exploits, Nani wants a swift mindset change and he believes United hold a psychological advantage having beaten the Blues in the Champions League quarter-final.

"The most important game now is Chelsea not Barcelona," he said. "It will be very difficult. But we are at home and we have had good experiences against them.

"We know if we want to win the game we have to play with confidence. The results against them in the Champions League were very good. I think that gives us the psychological advantage."

Title fight

United beat the Blues both home and away in their recent tie and, holding a three-point lead with just three league games to play, a draw would effectively end Chelsea's hopes of defending their crown.

Nani, though, insists United's aim will be to win the game: "We just have to concentrate on our football and winning the game. If we do that then everything will be fine.


May 8 v Chelsea (H)
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May 15 v Newcastle (H)
May 22 v Everton (A)

"If we win this one then it is a great advantage for us. It is nearly over then. We have a great chance."

United face Barcelona in Wembley on 28th May in a bid to land their fourth European Cup, the first of which was won in the old stadium in 1968.

Portugal international Nani, who has 10 goals in all competitions this season, hopes to be a part of another chapter in the club's history.

He said: "It is very important to be all together. It would another fantastic story for this club if we win at Wembley."

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