Nani offered extraordinary January return to Manchester United

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Manchester United have been so impressed with Nani's form since returning to Sporting Lisbon that they're held shock talks with the Portuguese international this week, asking him direct if he'd be willing to cut short his loan spell and return to Old Trafford in January.

Nani was deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal and sent back to Sporting as part of the £16m deal that brought Marcos Rojo to the Premier League, but has made that decision look like a mistake by using home comforts to rediscover his killer instinct in the final third.

The 27-year-old has already scored three goals in the Champions League this season and persuaded United chiefs that they should at least ask if he'll come back to the Premier League and fight for his place, but if he says yes it won't come cheap for United's executive vice-president Ed Woodward.

Change in formation produces change of heart

Van Gaal has decided he wants Nani back because things have already changed considerably since he was sent packing to Sporting, with a shift from early plans to play 3-5-2 meaning meaning if he'd have a far greater of chance of winning his place back in a revamped 4-1-1.

Persuading Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho to cut a season-long loan switch is a negotiation fraught with complications though, as Duncan Castles explained to in his exclusive report.

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United still footing £120,000-a-week wage bill

From a financial standpoint it makes sense for Nani to be back at United, primarily because Nani's still being paid a whopping £120,000-a-week by the Red Devils to play in Portugal.

United were so desperate to get rid of Nani in exchange for Rojo that they waved any loan fee and effectively let Sporting have him for free, the latest in a series of very questionable decisions from Woodward when it comes to this particular winger.

Woodward also allowed Nani to sign a five-year deal last season despite a lack of consistent form for either club of country, then sent one of the club's top earners packing without putting a release clause in the season-long loan deal.

That haphazard decison making could yet come back to haunt United, even if Nani jumps at the chance to prove his worth to United fans once and for all in 2015.

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