Luis Nani has urged his team-mates to be strong and play their own game if they wish to beat Stoke in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
Nani had a rather busy international break while playing for Portugal. He played against Jonny Evans’ Northern Ireland as well. He now hopes to return to the domestic action and is sure his team can conquer Stoke.
“It is always hard to play against Stoke because they play a different kind of football to most teams in the Premier League. They are very physical and have very strong players,” Nani told ManUtd.com and MUTV.
“It is also difficult because most of the game is in the air. We need to be strong and try to play our game. We are playing at home and we have to believe we can win the three points. It is very important because when you play at home, you have a good chance to win these games.”
As the season is progressing, things will become harder for the 19-times Premier League winners as they will play seven home games in just five weeks. Following it will be an even busier December.
“It is a good time for us,” he said. “We had a very good result last time against Newcastle before the international break so we are confident and it is a good time to start to believe. But we do not set long-term targets – our only target is to always win the game and to finish on top.”
Nani has travelled around the world with Portugal to play his international matches. However, he is not sure what effect this will have on his performance.
“It is very important to recover because we have hard competition and lots of games, so we need to be ready for the next match,” said Nani. “At Carrington they are making a bigger space with more facilities for the players to recover and enjoy. It is nice.
“It is a bit hard because we are tired after the (international) games and we have to travel and be ready for the next match. It is a bit difficult but as I said, having good facilities to recover is very important and helpful.”
Nani has gained criticism since the season began and will now have to prove himself as the competition at Old Trafford increases.