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United can be new 'Invincibles': Nani

sports Updated: Feb 04, 2011 08:17 IST

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Manchester United winger Nani has talked up his side's chances of remaining unbeaten this season as they look to enter the record books away to Wolves on Saturday.

If the Premier League leaders avoid defeat at Molineux on Saturday, they will record a club league record 30 games without defeat.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side went some way towards that feat with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa last time out to match the side's incredible run in their treble-winning season of 1998/1999.

But Nani has more than a club landmark in mind, saying United can match the achievement of the 'invincible' Arsenal side that won the Premier League without losing a game in the 2003/04 campaign.

"We hope to finish the season unbeaten," Portugal winger Nani said. "We are a very confident team at the moment. We don't want to lose and will work hard to keep this way.

"I don't know how long we can go on for. We hope to finish the season unbeaten but we want to finish the season in first.

"That is the most important thing because we are just thinking about winning the league. We know it will be very hard. We'll work hard to win those games, though."

Meanwhile Nani is backing Wayne Rooney to go on a goalscoring spree after the striker hit his first goal double for nearly 11 months against Villa in midweek.

Rooney's alarming goal drought hasn't damaged United's title bid but, having rediscovered his form, team-mate Nani is predicting the England striker will become a key figure again in the closing stages of the season.

"I think Wayne will go on a run now," he explained. "He might not have scored many goals but he is very important for the team because he has been working so hard in every game.

"He showed his best performance of this season against Villa. From now on he will be very important.

"He scored two important goals and he will score more for us. I think Wayne will be more confident now."

Rooney was the outstanding player in England last season after scoring a career-best 34 goals in a single campaign.

But Nani believes the way United are sharing out the goals this term has eased the pressure on Rooney.

"A lot of players can do the job of scoring. The team is very together. We are all thinking about how we win the games.

"We feel happy Wayne is going again and now we have Dimitar, Rooney and Hernandez, we have others who can score as well like Michael Owen. It doesn't matter who is playing. They will score."

Wolves defender Richard Stearman has warned his team to reduce their error count or risk dropping down into the Championship.

Stearman trudged off the field at Bolton in disbelief on Wednesday after Ronald Zubar's dreadful error led to a stoppage time goal for Dean Sturridge in a 1-0 defeat.

That morale-sapping loss left Mick McCarthy's men bottom of the table and Stearman said: "We can't throw points away like that if we want to stay in the Premier League.

"We felt we were on top of them and looking like we were going to get something, there was no danger at all really. We just threw away a point.

"We were devastated. We thought we'd done enough to win a point, we played well and battled hard only to shoot ourselves in the foot."