Date: 6th July 2012 at 12:15pm
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Manchester United have already wrapped up the signings of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell this summer, and whilst more names have been linked with moves to Old Trafford, most notably Robin Van Persie and Joao Moutinho, there is a signing closer to home that we should be looking to wrap up.

Luis Nani’s transformation has been somewhat remarkable, as the Portuguese winger went from a promising but ultimately frustrating ‘could have been’ to an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.

The ability was there but he didn’t seem capable of utilising it consistently. There were flashes of brilliance amidst a mire of mediocrity and poor decision making. Then he gave an interview to Portuguese press criticising Sir Alex’s handling of his career and many of us thought his time at Old Trafford was over.

But there is a reason Sir Alex is in charge. He took control of the situation, gave Nani a tad more responsibility and he hasn’t looked back since. He returned from injury that January looking a much better player, helping Wayne Rooney demolish Hull and built on that for the remainder of the season.

In 2010/2011 Nani had arguably his best season scoring and assisting goals in abundance and it was thought that this past season would see him really begin to announce himself as a world class player. Injury hampered his attempts but he still managed a respectable return of 10 goals and 14 assists.

As the season drew to an end the press reported Nani was set to sign a new deal as the winger apparently told The Dail Mail:

“My agent is negotiating with the club on a new deal and things are going very well.”

As well as this he called Manchester United ‘home’, so it was a matter that could apparently be put to bed? Not quite. By June there were rumours of contract talks stalling and as of now no new deal has been signed.

Whilst some fans are advocating the sale of Nani, I think we would be in our best interests to keep him.

With the emergence of Antonio Valencia as a potent force on the right as well as the signing of Ashley Young, it is easy to forget how useful Nani is but his play speaks for itself.

Nani is one of few United players capable of magic, prior to Euro 2012 he put himself up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and whilst he isn’t quite at that level, he does have that same ability to produce something special like his country man.

Players of Nani’s ability aren’t just freely available especially not at a price that we will be willing to pay, so why should we let one go?

He showed at the European Championships this summer that he is capable of mixing it with the world’s best, this hasn’t been in doubt, and I feel that when given a proper run in the team and allowed to develop form he is one of, if not the best winger in world football.

Of course we as fans aren’t aware of what has caused talks to come to a standstill, but I don’t think many people would be against paying him handsomely considering the way he has developed since signing his current deal in March 2010, and will continue to develop.

As said previously players of Nani’s ability aren’t readily available on the transfer market, so we should be looking at keeping him in order to benefit from when he finally reaches that ‘world class’ plateau, rather than letting another club benefit from the time and work we have invested in him since 2007.


8 responses to “United Should Make This Signing A Priority”

  1. Aduba Emeka Valentino says:

    Please sir alex keep Nani for us,as far as am concernd Nani is a better player compare to young.And another issue is a defensive midfielder and a Left back.We don’t need moutinho.moutinho is like another carrick they re both weak passing players.try and get us rodriguez,witsel or luca moura or gaitan or even ganso that is if u can’t get modric.but don’t buy moutinho and don’t think of playing carrick or fletcher coming for left why not approach alaba of bayern

  2. @Ehs_R9 says:

    Over the last two and half seasons he has been our most attacking threat after Rooney. Look at his goal against Chelsea, Young and Valencia could only dream of scoring goals like that. I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t stay, he will come back to haunt us.

  3. christopher chisom says:

    please Sir Alex the club should never thing of sell Nani because he is a player with great skill and intence moreover a classic footballer we will all need him come next season. All that needs to be done is to give him more playing time to showcase his abilities,I am very much sure that we will benefit a lot from him.And also we need a great midfielder and a good striker,like Modric,Rodriguez,Ganso andThiago but Modric should be the first choice for the midfield role and as for the striking options I think we should go for Van Persie and not miss out like we did on Nasri last season, Roberts of Dortmond is also an option for the striking force.Please Sir we realy need a good midfielder and striker to retriev back the Leage TITLE and also, the CHANPIONS LEAUGE come next season seoson

  4. I agree that Nani should not be sold but the real problem is that he’s played on the left whereas he’s a natural right winger. Everybody is raving about Valencia who in my books is a very poor winger. He cannot go past his defender on the outside to such an extent that he can play a whole match without even trying to. Wingers are at their most dangerous when they pick a partner in the box for a clear shot from the byline but he’s rarely there. He did it once against Swansea and it resulted in Scholes goal. Valencia is only an approximate crosser and more often than not goes for the hard low cross hoping for somebody to knock the ball in. He scored a fabulous goal against Blackburn to break the deadlock but so far no-one knows if it was meant to be a cross or a shot. The thing that really gets to me about Valencia is his persistence to cut inside when he has a totally useless left foot and then he tries to play the ball with the outside of his right foot !! On the other hand Nani as well can disappear in some games like in the Euro semifinal against Spain but otherwise he had a very good Euro with some intelligent and accurate assists for Ronaldo, Postiga and Almeida although the latter’s header was ruled offside. Ronaldo’s winner against the Czech republic came after some intelligent and skillful link play between Nani and Moutinho. Fergie definitely prefers Valencia to Nani on the right wing and if I were Nani I would be looking for new pastures.

  5. Brown Mastermind says:

    I’m very happy abt this article. I’ve been looking for avenue to pour my mind out on Luis Nani. The guy is a talented player which little more time to proue himself. Paying him heavily is not bad, bcos he has contribute bountifully to the success of the club. Thinking of selling that kind of player right now is a big lnse. The guy has a brigit future. He is a talent one shd keep.

  6. Mike says:

    He is an overrated player!! If he’s rejected 130 grand a week & wants more he can fuck off he’s not worth it!! See ya Nani you ungrateful wildly inconsistent prick !!!

  7. elhair says:

    Money & Agents are the only reason we are talking about him. He is at the best club in the world and if he thinks he’s worth more than that then bye bye. He is a match winner but need to improve his consistency. If he goes we get £30 mill we can buy better with that money. But he won’t go cos he is at the greatest club.

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