Why selling Nani would be a mistake

Speculation is growing around the future of Portuguese winger Nani, and reports suggest that the 26-year old is close to agreeing a deal with big spending French side Monaco. Nani divides opinion amongst the Old Trafford Faithful, but on his day he can be devastating.

Yes he can be extremely frustrating at times, but I would argue thats sometimes down to the nature of his position. A winger is supposed to try and beat his fullback and get crosses into the box, and its obviously not going to come off every time he touches the ball. I think due to this style of play, he often gets unfair criticism from some United fans.

All our wingers had a shocking season last year, and it surprises me that Nani is the one who is constantly linked with a move away from the Theatre of Dreams. I would even go as far as saying that he is possibly the best wide-man in our squad. He’s two footed, skilful and has a decent pair of shooting boots on him, scoring 40 times in his United career.

Since suffering that horrific injury a couple of years ago, Antonio Valencia just hasn’t been the same player. Last year he was nonexistent and his confidence looked shot. He game the ball away sloppily almost every time he got possession, and looked scared to beat his man. Towards the end of the season Fergie even opted for Danny Welbeck on the right ahead of him.

Where do I start with Ashley Young? He spent most of last season on the treatment table, and when he did play it was a similar situation to Antonio Valencia. His confidence looked shot and he regularly lacked end product. If I were United boss, he’d be the winger I would be looking at selling.

The only thing that lets Nani down is his consistency. He has too many bad patches where he won’t do anything for a few months, but once he gets going again he’ll terrorise the best defences in world football.

With Giggs ageing, Ashley Young always on the treatment table and Valencia’s current lack of confidence, Nani really does have the chance to nail down a regular spot in the first team. He could also win some fans back along the way, which would boost him even more.

I think Moyes should give him just one more season. With a new manager coming in he may get a new burst of life and be keen to impress. Who knows, if we find him in a purple patch, he could prove to be a match-winner.


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