Nani blasts Man United players for lack of ‘fighting spirit’

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Former Manchester United winger Nani He accused the squad of lacking fighting spirit and failing to follow the example set by captain Bruno Fernandes.

The 36-year-old won 12 trophies in seven years at Old Trafford which ended with a season-long loan move back to Sporting CP before joining Fenerbahce in 2015.

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Nani is at Turkish Super League club Adana Demirspor but faces an ongoing crisis at his old side, which worsened on Wednesday as United’s defense ended in a 3-0 defeat by Newcastle United in the EFL Cup.

Erik ten Hag is under pressure after the club made their worst start to a season since 1962 and Nani told Portuguese podcast ‘1 PARA 1’: “When we played in Manchester [United]One of the things that defines the club is that you can be 3-0 down in a game with 15 minutes, 10 minutes to go and that’s when you see what mental strength means.

“It’s not about talent anymore, it’s about hitting the ball.

“Now, when you watch Manchester play, you see a lot of talent, probably more talent tactically than we’ve had in our time, and they’re all technically gifted. But when you watch the game, there’s no giving up, no fighting spirit… A real player, a star, in Manchester, has to unlock the game; if they don’t, it won’t work.”

Fernandes has come under fire from other former United players, including Gary Neville and Roy Keane, with the latter suggesting he should be stripped of the captaincy following last weekend’s derby defeat to Manchester City.

But Nani said of his compatriot: “Manchester already has great players. We have Bruno Fernandes. If Bruno Fernandes didn’t play well, I would criticize him too, but for example, the sacrifice and effort he puts into the game,” he does. We see it. He works hard, gives his all and contributes. It’s just that many others don’t keep up.”

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