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Nani and Angelo Henriquez leave Manchester United

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Manchester United have confirmed that winger Nani and striker Angelo Henriquez have both left Old Trafford on permanent deals.

Nani has completed a £4.25 million move to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, while Dinamo Zagreb have turned the loan contract of Chile international Henriquez into a permanent deal following successful negotiations with the Red Devils.

Manchester United fans have reacted with disappointment to the news that Henriquez, 21, has been allowed to leave Old Trafford following an excellent season with Dinamo, although the general consensus is that Louis van Gaal made the right decision to offload Nani.

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“Everybody at United would like to wish Nani every future success in his career,” the Red Devils said in a statement on their official website. “The Portugal international spent last season with his former club Sporting Lisbon but has accepted the offer of a fresh challenge in Turkey after arriving in Istanbul over the weekend to finalise the transfer.”

The statement adds that Nani could return to Old Trafford, as a Fenerbahce player, as early as next month - if Manchester United are drawn to face the Turkish club in the Champions League play-off round.

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Henriquez news disappoints United fans

And on Henriquez, Manchester United released a separate statement confirming the news.

It reads: “As he celebrates Chile's Copa America win, after coming on as a substitute during the final against Argentina, everybody at United would like to wish Angelo our best wishes for the future.”

Henriquez scored 20 goals in 25 league appearances for Dinamo Zagreb last season but still failed to convince Van Gaal that he has a future as a Manchester United player.

Nani's United career ended by Depay signing

Nani also performed well last season, on loan at Sporting Lisbon, but his United career was effectively over once the Red Devils splashed out £31 million for Dutch winger Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven earlier this summer.

United fans had a love-hate relationship with the technically-gifted winger, who hit double figures for goals in both the 2011-11 and 2011-12 campaigns.

However, a combination of poor form and injuries resulted in Nani making just 22 Premier League appearances over the next two seasons.

David Moyes bizarrely handed the winger a new five-year deal early in his ill-fated reign as Manchester United manager - a decision that could have left the Red Devils stuck with the player until 2018.

But Nani has boldly accepted Fenerbahce’s offer - including a pay cut on his £120,000-a-week wages - in order to continue getting his career back on track.

Manchester United fans: are you pleased Nani and Angelo Henriquez have been sold? Should Louis van Gaal have kept either of them at Old Trafford? Tell us by leaving a comment in the box below!

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