Nani’s form can only save his future at Manchester United – Ferguson
Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants Nani to stay at Manchester United, but the manager has warned the Portuguese winger that he is the master of his own future. The Scotsman announced performances alone will dictate whether Nani gets a regular spot in his first-team.
Nani marked his return to the Manchester United team against Reading with a goal and an assist. After coming on the field for an injured Phil Jones, the 26-year-old played a crucial role in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s world record transfer to Real Madrid, Nani helped Sir Alex Ferguson fill up the void left by former Ballon d’Or winner. However, Nani has struggled with form since last year, which is why Ferguson has been using him as a benchwarmer.
There are approximately 18 months left on Nani’s contract with Manchester United. It is still not clear whether Manchester United will offer Nani a new contract. Ferguson attempted to sell the winger during the past two transfer windows, but he was unable to acquire a good bid.
Top notch clubs from Europe, such as Zenit St Petersburg, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have made inquiries over Nani during the past six months, although no conclusive progress has been made on the transfer issue.
With the arrival of Wilfried Zaha, it appears as if Nani will have to fight tooth and nail to grab a spot in the Manchester United’s first-team. The out of favor winger has made only 10 appearances in the Premier League this season, which clearly shows Nani has a lot to do to improve.
“I would definitely prefer to keep him,” Ferguson said. “He is one of the best match winners in the game - and I am including the whole of Europe. He has scored the most incredible goals. The boy has a talent for winning matches.”
Sir Alex Ferguson admits Nani’s form has been affected by a series of unfortunate injuries. Successive ankle and hamstring injuries have kept Nani on the sidelines for long periods.
“We sent him back to Portugal for treatment on a hamstring injury that kept him out for more than six weeks,” Ferguson said. “Before that, he never had an injury. Now he is back. He is fit and training well.
“He is a consideration and it gives me a headache because Antonio Valencia has been a fantastic player for us and we also have Ashley Young and Ryan Giggs, so our options are fantastic. That puts us in a strong position.”
Ferguson also talked about Nani’s future at Manchester United. Apparently, negotiations have been going on for a while, although no progress can be reported.
“We have been speaking to Nani's agent for quite a few weeks now but it is entirely up to the boy himself,” Ferguson continued. “I would prefer to keep him until the end of his contract. He wants guaranteed first-team football.
“Performances like the other night can guarantee that. We are trying our best because he is such a match-winner.”