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Louis van Gaal to make personal check on Nani against Argentina

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will make a personal check on Nani when Portugal play Argentina in an international friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Dutchman is keen to take a closer look at the on-loan winger, who has been earning rave reviews back at Sporting Lisbon this term.

Nani was allowed to leave Old Trafford after failing to impress Van Gaal during pre-season, but after signing a new five-year contract with the Red Devils a little over 12 months ago, the Portuguese star could still have a future with the Premier League giants.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, the 28-year-old will be given another opportunity to play his way back into the Manchester United first-team, as Van Gaal is yet to be entirely convinced by the contributions of Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj and even Juan Mata.

Nani could force his way back into the senior fold if he maintains his form at Estádio José Alvalade for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign, but will be handed an early opportunity to impress the Red Devils boss when he attends tomorrow night's match.

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In addition to the £120,000-a-week outcast's return, Manchester United fans will also be interested to see former hero Cristiano Ronaldo playing only his second game at Old Trafford since leaving the club for Real Madrid in 2009.

The superstar is remembered fondly by Red Devils supporters and is expected to be given a heroes reception when he turns out for Portugal on Tuesday, a little over seven months after his first appearance when Real Madrid faced Manchester United in last season's Champions League.

A number of other familiar faces might also be in action, with club record signing Angel di Maria and fellow summer arrival Marcos Rojo both in contention to start for Argentina.

Unsurprisingly though, it will be the current FIFA Ballon d'Or winner that will attract the majority of attention, as some Manchester United fans still fantasise about the prospect of Ronaldo one day returning to the club on a permanent basis.

However, a much more realistic expectation is that Nani will be the one that actually comes back to Manchester, upon the completion of his season-long deal in Lisbon, providing he starts rebuilding his reputation with an impressive performance in front of Van Gaal tomorrow. 

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