Nani’s career at Old Trafford looks like coming to an end this summer after Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson has finally ran out of patience with him.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Portuguese forward’s poor performance against Chelsea, which saw United lose out on the chance to lift the FA Cup for the first time in nine years, was the last straw.
With Wayne Rooney injured and Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young starting on the bench, United were looking to Nani to provide leadership in the attacking department. However he fell woefully short of the standards United fans have come to expect of their players as the game passed him by.
Never became a consistent threat
He has had a difficult time living up to his billing as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ although in fairness, anybody would struggle living in the shadow of Nani’s superstar compatriot.
There is no doubt that the 26-year-old has always been able to show tantalising glimpses of what a potentially devastating player he could become. Sadly these glimpses have been too few and far between.
United’s success over the past two decades years has been built around players able to perform at their best on a relentlessly consistent basis.
Nani likely to still have options
Nani has been reduced to a bit part player this season, with only 17 appearances for United in all competitions. However, such is his undoubted natural talent that there will be a host of clubs willing to sign him up.
The Mirror suggest that Zenit St Petersberg and Inter Milan who showed an interest in the player last summer, may renew their interest this time around. There were also reports earlier in the year that Arsenal may make a move, although that seem highly unlikely.
United already have replacements in mind. Young England winger Wilfred Zaha is set to join in the summer and Ferguson may also set his sights on James Rodriguez of FC Porto if they could persuade the Portuguese giants to take on Nani as part of a player plus cash deal.