When Nani arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in a £17 million deal back in 2007, Cristiano Ronaldo was at the height of his powers at the Theatre of Dreams.
Much was expected of the former Lisbon man to live up to his fellow countryman’s talents and become the next big thing, but that never happened. Nani never managed to step out from Ronaldo’s looming shadow both during his spell at United and after his departure to Real Madrid three years later.
The Portuguese international has had a torrid season, making just 10 league appearances this term and scoring two goals in the division, and a mediocre 4 in all competitions. A prolonged spell on the sidelines this term hasn’t helped, and his influence over the side has waned in his absence.
Yet when he has been fit, he has badly lacked consistency. A player capable of scoring a thunderbolt from 40 yards out, he is equally capable of repeatedly frustrating fans by squandering set pieces time and time again.
It’s looking increasingly likely that he will be moved on in the summer, and here, we highlight 5 reasons why he no longer has a future at Old Trafford, and never will.
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This article was first posted on April 2, 2013