Throwback: Nani takes the p*ss out of Arsenal defender with a seal dribble

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Nani may never have lived up to his full potential at Manchester United, but the Portugal international was still a brilliant entertainer. 

The winger always seemed to reserve his finest performances for matches against Arsenal and helped United take a 4-0 lead against the Gunners in a 2008 FA Cup tie, scoring the third goal after just 38 minutes.

Nani then decided to rub salt into their wounds and humiliated Justin Hoyte by repeatedly juggling the ball on his head like a trick-performing seal.

His showboating clearly infuriated the Arsenal squad, and he was subsequently hacked down by Mathieu Flamini.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger both condemned Nani for overstepping the mark and the winger was forced to give up the seal dribble.

“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,” Nani told the Daily Mail in 2008.

“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.”

Still, we’re not sure Justin Hoyte ever recovered tbh.


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