Nani voted best player in Portugal

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Manchester United winger Nani, who is currently on a season-long loan with Sporting Lisbon, has been voted as the best player in Portugal so far this season by readers of popular Portuguese newspaper Record.

The 27-year-old picked up 71 per cent of the votes to the question: "Is Nani the best player in the Portuguese league?"

While this may come as a surprise to Manchester United supporters - as well as fans in the Premier League in general - Nani has managed to rediscover his form since rejoining his first professional club.

Sporting to win league title?

Since returning to Portugal, Nani has scored five goals in 10 appearances, including two in three Champions League matches. There have even been reports that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants to take the Portugal international back to Old Trafford in January, but Sporting have been assured that they have the winger until the end of the season.

Furthermore, 65 per cent of Record readers believe that Sporting are the current favourites to win the Portuguese league. The Lisbon-based club are currently fourth in the league table, having won four of their opening eight matches, but are just three points behind leaders Benfica.

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And with the in-form Nani in the side, there's a growing belief that Sporting can win their first league title since 2002.

Will Nani make Man Utd return?

That Nani is currently playing so well must be a bitter-sweet feeling for Van Gaal, who made the decision for Manchester United to loan out Nani for the season, and continue to pay his £120,000-a-week wages in full, in order to sign Argentina international Marcos Rojo.

Nani, who was linked with a surprise move to Arsenal in the summer, desperately needed to leave Old Trafford in order to resurrect his flagging career. He had struggled for injuries over the past two full seasons, limiting him to just 22 Premier League appearances, but flattered to deceive on the rare occasions he got onto the pitch.

But if he continues to shine at Sporting, there's every chance Nani can salvage his Manchester United career.

The winger is contracted to Old Trafford after signing a new five-year deal with the Red Devils last year - and could return in the summer to put pressure on the likes of Antonio Valencia and Adnan Januzaj for a first-team place.

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