Nani must be sold by Manchester United

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Of all the baffling moments from David Moyes' ill-fated Manchester United tenure - and there were many - the moment Portuguese winger Nani was handed a new five-year contract was arguably the most inexplicable.

Most United supporters expected Nani to leave Old Trafford last summer after a hugely disappointing - albeit injury-hit - campaign in which he made just 11 Premier League appearances. And on the rare occasions he did get onto the pitch he was dreadfully disappointing.

That gifted Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj had burst onto the scene in pre-season made the decision to hand Nani a lucrative long-term deal even more bizarre. At the time United supporters trusted Moyes' judgement, though, and presumed Sir Alex Ferguson's successor must had seen something to leave him utterly convinced that Nani was an indispensable member of the squad.

But, as the weeks and months rolled on, it became abundantly clear that Moyes had made a poor decision. Nani finished the 2013/14 campaign having made, for the second time in as many seasons, 11 Premier League appearances.

The Cape Verde-born star has been at Old Trafford for seven years now and, with the exception of a couple of seasons, has been largely disappointing. He was first identified as being a potential new Cristiano Ronaldo, but he's not been anywhere near half as good as the two-time Ballon d'Or winner.

For the good of both Manchester United and Nani - but mainly for the Red Devils - it's high time Nani was sent packing. Just like his underwhelming teammate Anderson he's spent far too long sponging off the club without giving much in return.

He seems to have lost his hunger - and when a player loses motivation to play for a club there's only one way to resolve the situation: by selling him.

Manchester United fans will be hoping Nani impresses at the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer - but only so he can put himself in the shop window.

It seems incredibly likely that Louis van Gaal will take the complete opposite view to Moyes - United supporters will be mightily relieved to hear - and decide to sell Nani after his very first training session at Carrington.

If he doesn't, the United faithful have every right to feel a little concerned about how things might pan out next season.

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Luis Nani
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