I think it is beyond any reasonable doubt that there exists a consensus between amateur Manchester United fans and die hard Reds alike that if somebody offered them two goats and a penny in exchange for Nani, they'd take the goats and run knowing the other person got the bad end of the deal.
Of course to a certain extent this is just writer's hyperbole, but there are few who want to keep Nani around. Is one goal and three assists a season really worth over $100,000 a week? The answer is a loud and resounding no. Of course we can hate on Ashley Young instead - and to be honest it is definitely more fun because Ashley Young never even set a standard which he attempted to emulate. Nani at the very least had a couple seasons in which he was head and shoulders above the rest.
We have to remember of course that Nani arrived at Old Trafford with astronomical expectations placed on his head.
Around £20m is a lot to pay for an unproved 20-year-old winger. Take into account that another Portuguese from the same club was being called the best in the world, and you have a lot to live up to as a player.
I think it is true that Nani has unfairly been burdened with the ghost of Cristiano Ronaldo with some camps even calling him "the poor man's" Ronaldo.
The irony is in the fact that Nani actually cost United more than Ronaldo. Back to the initial point, yes Nani did have a couple of good season in which he was an integral part of the team.
Those days however seem to be behind him. Nowadays he does nothing but infuriate fans with pointless show-boating that almost always culminates with him losing the ball.
True, he does do a better job beating his man than Ashley Young, but Nani also lacks a part of the game so crucially important to any winger - the final ball.
Time after time he lets the team down after great build-up play. Whether its a thirty-yard shot that hits the corner flag or a precise cross that meets only the head of that drunk fan in row Q, the end is always disappointment.
The only thing worse than his open-play crosses and shots are his freekicks. Only god knows why he is allowed to take corner after freekick after corner. The result is always the same - the ball hits the wall or doesn't clear the first man.
Nani has been given more than his fair due of chances and it's time to move on. There are other players who deserve a place on the bench more than he does.
United cutting Nani would further free up precious funds. God knows a £30,000-per-week Paul Pogba is infinitely more valuable than a perpetual underachiever. Why Nani was given a new contract, only David Moyes knows. How many chances can a single player get? Judging from the fact that Anderson, Nani, and Young are still on United, too many.
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