Nani: Time to leave Manchester United

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The general consensus amongst the Manchester United supporters is that, while the club is almost certain to regain the title back from arch-rivals Manchester City, the club's wingers have massively under-performed this season.

Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Nani have severely lacked the quality of previous years. For example, as a combined force the trio scored 18 goals and created 37 last year, while this year it’s been two goals and 13 assists.

While Valencia has lacked confidence all year and Young's progress has been scuppered by injury, the responsibility has fallen on Nani this season.

However, after another season of inconsistent performances - which has been the norm throughout his time at United - his time is surely up.

Not only has he been usurped by Danny Welbeck on the left, but even Shinji Kagawa, who is pretty ineffective on the wing, has recently been preferred to Nani.

Add this to the player’s ludicrous wage demands while negotiating a new contract and it seems to me that Sir Alex Ferguson has finally realised what most United fans have been thinking for years.

Selling Nani isn’t the whole solution though; Ferguson desperately needs to re-instil confidence in Valencia and tell Young to learn to play for the team and not as an individual.

The reason for these problems is pretty clear: there is a real lack of competition for true wide-men at the club. Hopefully the addition of Wilfried Zaha and the possible acquisition of James Rodriguez in the summer will relight the fire underneath the club’s wingers.

But it is certainly time for Nani to go; the whisperings of a new contract have disappeared and his name on the team-sheet has diminished to rare starts, which surely leads to the conclusion that he is leaving this summer.

And, sadly, I think most United fans will be saying good riddance.


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