Luis Nani is not getting the support he needs at Manchester United, according to Braga coach Jose Peseiro, as doubts increase over the Portuguese winger's future at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old has found his Manchester United role become limited this season and Sir Alex Ferguson was publicly critical of Nani following the club's defeat to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup last week.
Speculation continues to mount that Nani's time as a Manchester United player is edging towards a conclusion, and Ferguson is already reported to have identified Porto's James Rodriguez as a replacement.
Peseiro, meanwhile, gave Nani his debut for Sporting seven years ago and is becoming concerned by his former charge's situation like Manchester United.
The Portuguese manager, who will be in the opposite dugout to Ferguson when Braga face Manchester United on Wednesday, believes Nani needs some positive reinforcement from his Old Trafford boss, should he want to get the best out of ohm.
"After Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester, he had two or three fantastic seasons and Manchester depended on him," said Peseiro, as reported by the Daily Mail.
"At this moment it isn't the same but Nani can improve more. But a player can only play at the maximum level when he's happy. If he's not happy, he can't.
"I know him. If he doesn't play, it is not easy for him. He doesn't feel well when he doesn't play.
"I don't know why Nani doesn't play now. I know the team is good. Manchester United doesn't just have 11 players but 20 at the similar top level and it's hard.
"I don't know if the problem is that he doesn't sign another contract, if the coach has less confidence in him or if he just doesn't feel right at this moment."
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