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O'Shea bemused by Nani exclusion

April 10, 2011

John O'Shea cannot believe Manchester United team-mate Nani has not been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Nani: Arguably the Premier League's stand out performer this season
GettyImagesNani: Arguably the Premier League's stand out performer this season

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The Portugal winger is top of the Premier League assists chart in addition to bagging ten goals in United's relentless pursuit of the Treble. He was at it again on Saturday, setting up the Red Devils' opener in a 2-0 win over Fulham by dribbling to the heart of the Cottagers' defence before exchanging passes with Anderson, then flicking a pass for Dimitar Berbatov to ram home his 22nd goal of the campaign.

It was also Nani's shot that was turned into the path of Antonio Valencia by Aaron Hughes that ended the scoring, allowing United to cruise home in exactly the manner they would have wished ahead of such a massive week.

Yet the 24-year-old has not managed to make the PFA shortlist, even though it has been extended to seven names this term.

"I am pretty amazed by that,'' O'Shea said. "Maybe because he was still eligible for the young player, people didn't vote for him for the senior player.

"He is a constant threat. Defenders don't know whether he is going to go on his left and his right and his combination with Patrice Evra was excellent.''

United are now in the happy position of knowing five victories from their final six games will be enough to confirm a record 19th league title. It is not quite so straightforward given nearest challengers Arsenal and Chelsea are amongst their opponents, whilst a tricky trip to Newcastle follows three days after Saturday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley.

The calendar will flood Sir Alex Ferguson's mind as he juggles the hunt for silverware on three fronts. However, the United boss will not allow such matters to bother his players, who are now expected to think about Tuesday's Champions League tie with Chelsea and nothing else.

"It is a classic cliche but we literally are just chalking off one game at a time,'' O'Shea said. "The good thing is we feel so confident, especially at home. We have only dropped two points at Old Trafford this season and that day, against West Brom, was very disappointing. It would be very special if we could finish off the season keeping that record.''