Date: 22nd September 2010 at 4:37pm
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To retain a sense of balance when it comes to forthright opinion is something that is very hard to do!

If we return to the epic battle with Liverpool on Sunday, you`ll no doubt recall that Sir Alex Ferguson was of the firm opinion that Fernando Torres made a meal of the two challenges that resulted in Steven Gerrard scoring, firstly, from the penalty spot and then, secondly, from a free kick, to draw Liverpool level at 2-2.

Now Sir Alex may believe he had a point, however, if we are to consider fairness in our game then perhaps we should direct his eyes in the direction of our Portuguese flyer, Nani.

Now normally, I`d get quite irate to open the pages of a leading tabloid and reading about one of their more esteemed hacks having a pop at one of our players, but this time, sticking with my balanced opinion theory, I don`t feel inclined to do so.

The referenced journalist stated that he was appalled at the antics of Nani and how the tricky winger made a meal of the slightest infringement involving him, introducing a level of theatrics not seen at Old Trafford since the days of Cristiano Ronaldo. He further went on to make the point that Ronaldo was often forgiven as he was capable of some sublime moments that left us all breathless.

Nani, has the potential to do something similar to Ronaldo, but his game, his profile and his acceptance by football supporters in general would increase dramatically if he towed the line and didn`t resort to such theatrics every time there is any sort of bodily contact.

Perhaps, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, Sir Alex might just want to tell young Nani the Cry Wolf fable, because, at this moment in time, it seems quite apt!

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