Portuguese winger Nani recently left Manchester United to complete a move to Turkish giant's Fenerbahçe. The move signalled the end of a mixed period for the winger in which Nani was deemed an inconsistent failure at Old Trafford. But was this a little harsh?
Nani moved to Old Trafford in 2007 and was an instant hit, his dribbling, trick's, and spectacular goal's had fans excited to see the next Cristiano Ronaldo sign for the club.
He helped the club to win the Premier League and the Champion's League in 2007/2008, including Nani scoring the crucial penalty kick to keep United alive in the Champion's League final penalty shoot out win against Chelsea.
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In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid, and Nani was asked to fill his absence. He did so, being one of the team's main assist and goal scoring threat's.
He was recognised for his contribution by being nominated for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award in the 2011/2012 season, the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the 2010/2011 season, and the great man Sir Alex Ferguson brandishing Nani to having the potential to be one of the best player's in the world.
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Fans did not appreciate Nani
When Sir Alex Ferguson left, David Moyes was installed. Injuries, inconsistency, and falling out of favour with manager's, led Nani to becoming unwanted, and even the few chance's he got to impress, any wrong doing's was punished by fan's, with fans booing and jeering him leaving the field at a game against Stoke City in October 2013 a prime example.
Had they forgotten all he had contributed in the past?
A season later, 2014, a new manager at the helm in Louis Van Gaal, but the same result, as Nani was shipped to Sporting Lisbon on loan and his Old Trafford day's seemed over. In July 2015, that was confirmed when he signed for Fenerbahçe.
But should he of been given the chance to prove himself under Van Gaal? Surely he has more potential than Ashley Young or Adnan Januzaj, more capable of resurrecting his match winning abilities?
Perhaps United should have kept Nani
Some of the goals Nani scored were incredible, and at crucial times, the penalty kick in the Champion's League final to avoid United losing to Chelsea, his brace against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield in 2011, his ability to assist in goals, setting up Wayne Rooney's spectacular overhead kick winner against Manchester City in 2011, that talent does not disappear over night.
Could of he have done the job this season for United instead of them forking out millions for the like's of transfer target's Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Muller to provide these match winning displays?
We wont know, but there's no doubt Nani was a match winner many time's for Manchester United and its time it was recognised and not forgotten.