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Manchester United winger Nani has revealed that a stern word from manager Sir Alex Ferguson was enough to persuade him not to repeat his on-field juggling antics.

The 21-year-old provoked the fury of several Arsenal players, as well as Ferguson, when he indulged in some 'kick-ups' towards the end of last weekend's 4-0 FA Cup thrashing of the Gunners at Old Trafford.

Nani insists he was not being disrespectful and was merely trying to entertain - but has also vowed not to repeat the trick.

"In Portugal I have done this many times but it is only because it is an entertaining spectacle and not because I disrespect my rivals," he told the Daily Mail.

"I am a professional and am always very respectful with all the opposing players, but I do appreciate now that it may have looked bad.

"After the match Ferguson spoke to me and demanded that I do not repeat it in order to avoid problems.

"Obviously, I agreed. I always follow the orders of my coach and am not interested in causing controversy."

The Portugal winger added: "Gilberto Silva of Arsenal spoke to me and was clear about what their players thought about it. He was very critical of what I did and accused me of provoking Arsenal. But he never threatened me.

"On the field I am different from most players. My celebrations of goals with a somersault is an example. This is my character as a footballer."
 

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Didnt think wat he did was that bad. Have seen many great players do it and they get praised Henry Zola even King Eric, just that it was against Arsenal and they cant take losing if it was nil nil he would have been praised for his skill
 

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Didnt think wat he did was that bad. Have seen many great players do it and they get praised Henry Zola even King Eric, just that it was against Arsenal and they cant take losing if it was nil nil he would have been praised for his skill
Exactly, iknow that half the Arsenal team would have done the same in that situations if they Could.
 

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I'll hve to remove my signature.....:(
don't you dare doing that !!!!

it's a really stupid thing.. i mean - it's not his fault some lumberjacks with an inferiority complex called it disrespecting... is sombrero dribble disrespecting... through the legs too ? i mean is every ronaldo dribble disrespecting... he doesn't need to touch a ball with his heels that many times... same thing happened to ronaldo against boro...gosh what's with that english football culture !!!was rene higuita direspectfull when he saved a shot with his legs by his famous backspin.. they are just jelous they don't have the guts to do it .. how come that's not disrespectful in italy or portugal, or germany ???- news flash -errrm because they are actually skilfull !!! what's next ? please rooney don't try chip shots the next time - it might be disrespectful !!! not to mention xabi's goal from his own half...is that respect ??? is flamini's tackle afterwards respectfull towards nani's skills ???
 

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CROoney from Dubrovnik said:
don't you dare doing that !!!!

it's a really stupid thing.. i mean - it's not his fault some lumberjacks with an inferiority complex called it disrespecting... is sombrero dribble disrespecting... through the legs too ? i mean is every ronaldo dribble disrespecting... he doesn't need to touch a ball with his heels that many times... same thing happened to ronaldo against boro...gosh what's with that english football culture !!!was rene higuita direspectfull when he saved a shot with his legs by his famous backspin.. they are just jelous they don't have the guts to do it .. how come that's not disrespectful in italy or portugal, or germany ???- news flash -errrm because they are actually skilfull !!! what's next ? please rooney don't try chip shots the next time - it might be disrespectful !!! not to mention xabi's goal from his own half...is that respect ??? is flamini's tackle afterwards respectfull towards nani's skills ???
Exactly everyone seems to forget how Arsenal kicked him all game an seem to get awaywith it.
 

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Nani did nothing wrong, I thought it was brilliant. Obviously entertainment in football is no longer a choice. Nani, in the 60s, would have been applauded.
 

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Nani did nothing wrong, I thought it was brilliant. Obviously entertainment in football is no longer a choice. Nani, in the 60s, would have been applauded.
try with - "nani in continent would have been applauded " :p
 

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CROoney from Dubrovnik said:
try with - "nani in continent would have been applauded " :p
Agreed, my words were aimed at the English game, in the 60s where entertainment was actively encouraged. Best could do this and more, with his eyes shut, he was quite literally, the Master.
 

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Agreed, my words were aimed at the English game, in the 60s where entertainment was actively encouraged. Best could do this and more, with his eyes shut, he was quite literally, the Master.
spot on
 

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This is being discussed right now on Soccer Saturday on Sky; they are all in favour of what Nani did - unanimous. Thompson - this is what the fans pay to see; this is whats its all about. Merson - what is wrong with that? Nothing.

Fergie was wrong to tell Nani to stop it. Dead wrong.
 

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Red Devil said:
This is being discussed right now on Soccer Saturday on Sky; they are all in favour of what Nani did - unanimous. Thompson - this is what the fans pay to see; this is whats its all about. Merson - what is wrong with that? Nothing.

Fergie was wrong to tell Nani to stop it. Dead wrong.
just watched soccer saturday myself...its soo true wot they were all saying.
nani summed the whole 90 minutes up with 30-40 seconds of genius humiliating arsenal the way he did....
 

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fergie is a spoilt sport there was nothing wrong with it
ronaldo did it against wigan well not as good
no one made a sceen then
 

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I think that should put an end to any rumours of United buying Kerlon.
Big shame, its a great piece of skill, too bad he can't do it again.,
 

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Red Devil said:
Nani did nothing wrong, I thought it was brilliant. Obviously entertainment in football is no longer a choice. Nani, in the 60s, would have been applauded.
Very true. 100%agree.
and anyway he was trying to get the ball under control ;)
unlike half the Arsenal players who completely lost control...
and does that get brought up in the press? hell no
 

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nani is starting to look the buisness now im enjoying watching him play at the moment . Surely on current form its nani not giggs who should be playing from the left switching with ronaldo when needed.
 

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Its a shame really....These kind of thing that bring the extra entertainment to football were condone...But the good news is , its great to know he is willing to listen to advice...these kind of thing is important from young players if they want to be successful..
 
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