Nani is in great form at Sporting, says Abel Ferreira

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Former-Sporting star Abel Ferreira believes Manchester United winger Nani is on another level in Portugal and is the best player in the league.

In the same week that readers of a prominent Portuguese newspaper crowned the Old Trafford flop the best player in the country's top flight, Ferreira has added his praise to the mix.

The retired full-back claims Nani is still a player with a great deal of potential, and thinks that Manchester United failed to unlock his true ability during his time at Old Trafford.

Nani at Sporting

"He is a player with tremendous potential," Ferreira told A Bola. "Manchester United never helped him reach his level, but the players and leagues are different [in Portugal compared to England].

"He is above many of the players that are in our league. Sporting is experiencing a good time as a club and if you continue with this consistency, you will notice the difference if he leaves because he is a player who makes the difference."

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Ferreira clearly fears Nani returning to Manchester United, as he is currently on loan to his former club in Portugal.

Nani at United

Signed from Sporting in 2007, Manchester United had high hopes he could live up to his predecessor, Cristiano Ronaldo. Nani never quite hit those heights and was allowed to leave on loan in the summer after Louis van Gaal came in as permanent boss.

Nani never really gained the trust of van Gaal's predecessor David Moyes, and his Dutch replacement decided to let Nani leave as he had plans to strengthen the position anyway.

Van Gaal moved on

Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera signed over the summer, and United are now stronger as a group in midfield, with other fringe players like Tom Cleverley also allowed to leave on loan. Cleverley joined Aston Villa in the Premier League.

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