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Nani: I am not at my best now

February 24, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester United winger Nani has admitted he still has plenty of work to do before he reaches his top form again.

GettyImagesNani has scored 24 Premier League goals for Manchester United

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Nani, 25, returned from almost a month on the sidelines with a foot injury against Ajax last week, and completed the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 return encounter with the Dutch giants at Old Trafford on Thursday.

However, only sporadically did he sparkle, clipping the bar with one second-half effort as United narrowly avoided an embarrassing Europa League exit.

With Antonio Valencia sidelined by a hamstring injury sustained in Amsterdam and Ashley Young also battling back to fitness after a knee injury, United could do with Nani at his best ahead of successive away games at Norwich and Tottenham.

Yet the Portugal international feels he is still some way short of requirements and that only hard work is the answer.

''It has been difficult to get the consistency,'' he said. ''I am getting there but I need more minutes.

''I will work hard to come back because we need every player. Just now I am not at my best but I will try to recover my form as quickly as possible.''