Tuesday, 19th February, 2013

Anderson has saluted Manchester United team-mate Nani for his impact during last night’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over Reading.

The Portuguese, who was left out for Manchester United’s recent Champions League clash against Real Madrid, had a point to prove and opened the scoring against the Royals in the 69th minute.

Nani then created the hosts’ second, with Javier Herndandez putting the ball in the back of the net in the 72nd minute.

Reading did not roll over though and pulled a goal back through Jobi McAnuff with nine minutes left to play. They could find no equaliser though and the Red Devils progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

And Anderson was in the mood to salute Nani post-match.


"Everybody knows the quality of Nani", the Brazilian told MUTV.

"I know he sometimes does not play but when he does he is important for the team. He won the game for us and he was very important.

"It was a hard match, the boss picked a different team and the players have to be ready for everything, but we did the job to win the game and that is what matters."

Nani will be hopeful that his fine display may be enough to win a spot in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side for the return Champions League clash against Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old will also have done his stock in the game no harm either, with a contract at Old Trafford that expires in 2014 and having been tipped for a summer move in some quarters.

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