Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that his clubs Portugese star Nani would be a deserving winner of the Player of the Year award this season after being Manchester United’s “most productive player” over the course of the current campaign.
The quicksilver winger is in the running to be named PFA Footballer of the Year after an excellent season at Old Trafford which has been interspersed with a number of scintillating goals and 16 assists – five more than any other player.
Spurs winger Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s flamboyant Frenchman Samir Nasri are just two of the players also in the running for the award, but Ferdinand, the England international defender, believes that Nani would be a more deserving winner.
“Nani’s my Player of the Year,” he told the club’s official magazine.
“I’ve gone on about Samir Nasri and Gareth Bale in the last few months, but Nani beats them both.
“He’s been involved in a crazy number of our goals this season – it’s ridiculous.
“He’s easily been our most productive player, without a doubt.
“Berba’s scored a lot of goals but when we’ve needed that little bit of magic, Nani’s been the man to step up.”
Nani arrived at United from Sporting Lisbon in July 2007 and has taken time to show his full potential in the English game, having been seen before the current campaign as something of a poor man’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Ferdinand, who has been suffering from injury problems this season, says that he loves watching his team mate work his magic on the pitch.
“He’s the kind of player who gets me off my seat,” added Ferdinand.
“He’s exciting to watch and he always wants to beat his man, which is a great trait in an attacker. He always wants the ball, he’s determined and he scores regularly, too.
“I don’t think he gets the plaudits he deserves. A lot of people overlook him but he’s been as good as anybody else in the league this season.”