Manchester United ace Nani today told reporters in Portugal that he was “very happy” to have completed his loan move to Sporting Lisbon as part of the deal which saw Marcos Rojo switch to Old Trafford.
Portuguese publication A Bola have revealed that the winger, who has now returned to the club where he began his career in a bid to change his fortunes, is happy with his end of the agreement which has allowed Louis van Gaal to get a player many fans don’t deem good enough, off his books.
Nani at United
The future of Nani has looked increasingly uncertain since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, and David Moyes even attempted to sell him on in January. However, due to an injury which prevented him from completing a medical he remained in the United squad, and some even tipped Louis van Gaal’s arrival to spark a resurgence in his form.
Yet whilst Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley, who were also turned into outcasts during Moyes’ doomed tenure, have prospered under the Dutchman’s guidance, Nani has failed to make much of an impact. Thus when the chance came to broker a deal for Rojo, who has been linked with an Old Trafford move since the culmination of the World Cup, Van Gaal moved decisively, and the outcome appears to have been welcomed by all parties.
The chance at Sporting
The loan move, which will see Nani playing for his former club for at least the next year, will not only cushion the blow felt on Sporting’s part by Rojo’s departure, but will also offer the United flop one last chance to prove that he still has what it takes to cut it at the highest level.
Though the Primera Liga isn’t quite at the same standard as the Premier League Nani’s progress will no doubt be watched carefully by those at United who still believe in his abilities, and after a year the picture at Old Trafford may well have changed considerably.
The 27-year-old’s admission that he was “very happy” to have been presented with such an opportunity - which A Bola claim was made as he turned out for his first training session, having completed his medical this morning - makes it clear that he is confident his career isn’t hitting reverse gear by heading back to the stage where he first announced himself.
United’s business now
Following the completion of the deal in question all eyes now turn once more to Van Gaal and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.
United fans are once more full of unrest following the opening day Premier League defeat at the hands of Swansea City, and the general consensus is that more inroads need to be made in this summer’s transfer window if the club is to return to it’s former position alongside English football’s elite.