The four players Man Utd signed alongside Nani and how they fared

In the summer of 2007, Nani followed in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps by joining Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon.

Nani helped United win the brace in his debut season and the winger won four more Premier League titles, a Club World Cup and two League Cups in his seven seasons with the Red Devils.

We took a closer look at the other four players the Red Devils signed alongside Nani ahead of the 2007-08 season.

Carlos Tévez

You won’t find many people in Old Trafford affectionately talking about Tevez, given the way he organized his departure.

But for this beautiful 2007-08 season, he was a crucial part of the deadliest top three in European football alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. He quickly became a first-team starter after joining, having achieved incredible form in the second half of the previous season to help keep West Ham in the league.

Tevez was technically a loan signing, with United buying the right to register the Argentinian from a third-party organization that retained ownership (which ultimately led to his move to City).

Anderson

After receiving rave reviews for his performances on the Portuguese side of Porto, Anderson officially signed for United on the same day as Nani.

The Golden Boy winner had a good first season at United, taking his penalty kick in the Champions League final and becoming a willing agent of chaos alongside Sir Alex Ferguson.

Corn the midfielder was subsequently affected by a series of injury issues and failed to live up to his enormous potential.

He still remains a cult hero at Old Trafford, where his personality remained a staple in the dressing room until 2014, when he was loaned to Fiorentina and then returned to his native Brazil with the Internacional.

Owen Hargreaves

Another player ready to do any job asked of him, Hargreaves joined the Bundesliga squad from Bayern Munich in 2007.

While Ferguson may have said the English Canada-born midfielder was one of his most disappointing signings, it was more down to Hargreaves’ injury issues than his performances.

In his first season, he became an essential utility player capable of playing a variety of positions, starting the Champions League final as a wide midfielder and scoring his penalty kick in the shootout.

As mentioned, an injury hampered the rest of his time at Old Trafford, as he spent a lot of time on the treatment table until his release in 2011.

READ: Owen Hargreaves: Man Utd’s cursed but brilliant midfielder maestro

Tomasz kuszczak

The Polish keeper wasn’t quite a new face around Old Trafford, having arrived on loan from West Brom the previous season. He made his role as Edwin van ser Sar’s understudy permanent in the summer of 2007, however.

Kuszczak has had a mixed time at the club, never quite establishing himself as No.1 and only making 32 Premier League appearances before leaving in 2012.

But he still has three Premier League winners’ medals and also started United’s 2010 League Cup final victory over Aston Villa.


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