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Nani in decline and on the way out?

There has been lots of speculation doing the rounds about Nani in the last year. Give Me Football interestingly covered a piece on the best options available for Manchester United if they opted to sell the winger this summer.

GMF suggested players like James Rodriquez, Gareth Bale, Angel di Maria, Harem Ben Arfa and Alexis Sanchez with reasoning behind each. The article carefully mentioned new signing Wilfried Zaha, who I think has a big say on whether Sir Alex Ferguson needs to fish out a replacement.

At this moment in time, United are without an in-form winger. With this in mind the club plans to assess Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young at the end of the season. It has resulted in Danny Welbeck playing on the wing frequently in recent weeks, expanding his trade, and has looked our most influential option in the position.

The Ecuadorian has surprised me more than anybody in the squad. Last season he was beating players with ease down the line with strength and pace. Whether his current issue is down to confidence or being too predictable is unknown, but Jay at Red Flag Flying High raised a good point that questions his motivation at club level.

Young, on the other hand, can be frustrating like Nani. We know the 27-year-old is talented but he’s very inconsistent. That’s an argument you get with the vast majority of wingers but I expected more when he arrived from Aston Villa.

However, it’s no secret that there are issues surrounding Nani and the club this season. It seems a bit circus like with rumours relating to the winger asking for a better deal. But the truth behind it is United have been looking to ship him off since August and Italy is his likeliest destination.

It’s a shame to see a player show so much promise at a young age but not see it all at Old Trafford. The question remains – should we get rid now if another club are willing to meet our valuation? Not only has his relationship with Ferguson hit a standstill but he has not performed particularly well this season.

It’s downhill after United.

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