Fergie: Nani can fill Valencia void

09 October 2010 03:44
Sir Alex Ferguson admits the absence of Antonio Valencia is a "big blow", but the Manchester United boss has challenged Nani to fill the void.[LNB] Winger Nani was the star for his country on Friday night as he scored twice in Portugal's 3-1 win over Denmark when carrying his club form to international level.[LNB]Ferguson has been impressed and wants the 23-year-old to continue to shine as United attempt to compensate for the loss of Valencia, who broke his leg in the Champions League against Rangers in September.[LNB]The United boss told the Manchester Evening News: "It's a loss to lose any player but Antonio was probably the most improved squad member over the last 12 months, so it was a big blow. [LNB]"The development we saw from when he signed for us to the present day has been amazing. We thought it would take a couple of years for him to reach this level, but he took to the challenge like a duck to water. [LNB]"However, we've got a strong squad and we'll cope. It's up to Nani now to play his part, and he has done superbly this season, so he'll offer us width. [LNB]"Then there's also Gabriel Obertan and the boy Bebe, who's training very well. We're not too bad - we've got options."

Source: Team_Talk