Nani will not return to Manchester United in January

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Manchester United winger Nani will not return to Old Trafford from loan club Sporting Lisbon in January, despite rumours that the Red Devils may look to take the Portugal international back in the New Year.

The 27-year-old winger has impressed at Sporting, scoring five goals in his first 10 matches for the Portuguese club, but will stay with his loan side until the end of the season.

This is according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, who have quashed suggestions that Manchester United could cut short Nani’s loan deal in order to bring him back to Old Trafford when the transfer window re-opens.

Nani moved as part of Rojo deal

Nani agreed to move back to Sporting on a season-long loan deal as part of the transfer which saw Argentina international Marcos Rojo complete a permanent move in the opposite direction.

Because of Nani’s inconsistent form and inability to keep himself fit, few Manchester United supporters were particularly unhappy to see the frustrating winger leave Old Trafford.

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In the previous two full seasons, Nani had made a combined 22 Premier League appearances. But despite his unreliability, former United boss David Moyes still opted to hand the talented wide-man a new five-year contract extension last season.

United failed to sell Nani

This subsequently meant Manchester United struggled to offload Nani, who earns around £120,000-a-week, on a permanent transfer over the summer. Several clubs were reportedly interested, including Arsenal, but no team was prepared to match the winger’s huge wage demands.

Sporting secured Nani’s services for the season but, incredibly, Manchester United are still paying the player’s wages in full. And because his contract doesn’t expire until 2018, the Red Devils are likely to encounter the same problems next summer.

Can Nani become a Man Utd star again?

However, there’s a chance that Nani will return to Manchester United with a new lease of life following his much-needed spell away from Old Trafford.

Certainly, if he can keep up his current rich vein of form, then there’s no reason why he won’t be able to re-establish himself as a first-team regular in the Red Devils’ squad from the start of next season.

Manchester United fans: would you be happy to see Nani back at Old Trafford next season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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