Nani has pledged to fans that Manchester United will come back much improved after the international break following a slow start to the season.
United turned around a 1-0 deficit against Sunderland last weekend thanks to Adnan Januzaj‘s brilliant brace but were again far from their fluid best after being outplayed for the whole of the first half by the Premier League’s bottom club.
Nani assisted Januzaj’s winning goal on the day and despite the first half performance, insisted that United never thought that they couldn’t win the game given their previous results at the Stadium of Light.
“We had a really good performance after being unlucky to lose a goal so early on,” Nani told ManUtd.com.
“Phil Jones tried to block and it came off Vidic and just bounced for them.
“We knew it was always difficult to come to Sunderland to play but we’ve had some very good results in this stadium as well.
“We knew we had to play better than we did in the first half and we just had to find the right moments to come back.”
If not for Januzaj’s inspired performance, United could have potentially suffered their third league defeat in a row for the first time since 2001 but it was thankfully avoided.
United have now got past the really tough start to the season and Nani is predicting a good run of results as they lead up towards the hectic Christmas and New Years schedule.
He continued: “It’s totally different to play for Manchester United and play for the national team.
“I think the spirit will be very good after we go away for these two games with the national team as we’ll then be back to full time with United and hopefully we can try to do our best.”
Nani heads back to Portugal this week to represent them in their two World Cup qualifiers against Israel and Luxembourg.
Despite being a point behind group leader Russia, he is optimistic about Portugal’s chances of qualifying for Brazil 2014.
“We need to win the next games and see if Russia drop points,” he added.
“But we will focus on winning our own games. We are virtually at least in the play-offs but we will see what is going to happen this week”