Nani had a poor season for Manchester United in 08/09, following what was a very promising debut season the year before. He has fallen from the great heights of scoring a penalty in the European Cup final shoot-out to playing irregularly and not playing well.
Nani was subbed off at half-time against Tottenham Hotspur a few weeks ago with United losing 2-0. United went on to win 5-2 and Nani reportedly left the stadium before the end of the match.
However, whilst people get on his case about his poor form, it is important to remember that he hasn’t really been given much of a go this season. Park Ji-Sung was out for most of the season when Nani first joined the club so this season he has had more competition for his place. Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo, who was played week in week out when he first joined, Nani has had half an hour here, twenty minutes there a couple of weeks later, 90 minutes in a cup game, on the bench the following game. It has hardly been productive to his development!
Nani has today rejected rumours that he is looking for a move away with the club, stating how lucky he feels to be at our club and that he has no plans to leave before the end of his contract.
“My future is at Manchester United, of course,” Nani told the Portuguese press. “It is a privilege to be at a club like this. I won one more title last season and I am very happy to have won it for these two consecutive years. I was born to play football and I feel fine, although I did not play much. I will not leave Manchester United, nor will I be loaned out. I will see out my contract.”
If only Nani’s best mate could be so certain about his future…