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Nani Claims Sir Alex Ferguson Let Him Turn Up To Training Drunk After New Year's Eve

Nani Claims Sir Alex Ferguson Let Him Turn Up To Training Drunk After New Year's Eve

Former Manchester United winger Nani has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson was fine with players turning up for training a little worse for wear after New Year's Eve.

'Fergie' had a reputation for being a tough taskmaster, with a short temper and ready to bust out the 'hairdryer treatment' when necessary but Nani reckons that being drunk after New Year's Eve wasn't a big deal to the Scot.

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Asked in an interview if he ever got in trouble with the manager for night's out Nani said, "I never got in trouble," he told Tribuna Expresso. "Nights out at the right time, if I had the next day off, for example, then I could have some fun. Or on special days like Christmas or New Year - no one in England cares about that.

"On New Year, we could even go to training drunk and the coach didn't care about it. That's the side of [Sir Alex] that knew how to deal with the players and have the perception to say 'this day is special, I can't make demands.'

"We had been playing non-stop all year long. If one day Wes Brown gets drunk, what are we going to do? It was a joy, a moment of relaxation, a different kind of training - clowning around.

"I won't lie, I liked nights out. But now I avoid them because to be able to play at the highest level you have to drop the nights out and know the right time to enjoy yourself. That is basically what I do."

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Most of United's players on Wednesday evening's game against Arsenal were playing like they'd had one too many the night before.

The Red Devils were poor, especially in the first half, and goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis at the beginning and end of the opening 45 minutes settled the match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed a swift drink after the match and played like they'd had too many before it. Image: PA Images
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed a swift drink after the match and played like they'd had too many before it. Image: PA Images

Speaking about the impact Fergie had on his career, Orlando City winger Nani added, "It was amazing, he knows how to deal with the player, whether he is older or younger, he knows how to manage professional career and the human being."

Certainly things haven't been the same at Old Trafford since their legendary manager left in 2013 having won his 13th Premier League title.

Nani left for Fenerbahce three years later, having spent a season on loan to Sporting, playing just 12 more league games for United.

Often derided for his inconsistency, fans would probably kill for a player of his quality right now.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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