Nani returns for what may be a final Indian Summer


Strange season this; perhaps more so for Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Luis Nani. Little more than a year ago the former Sporting player’s time at Old Trafford was drawing to a close, with United accepting a huge bid from Zenit St. Petersburg in the winter window. The 26-year-old was out of Ferguson’s team and unwanted […]

Nani not ok as transfer looms


There seems little to speculate in the transfer of Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha away from Old Trafford this summer; a performance in its final act. The winger’s destination and magnitude of fee Manchester United collects in the process is that is left to play out. After all, Nani’s transfer has been  an open secret after […]

Questions of right and left


It has not been a good week for right-wingers; not least new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, who has taken significant media heat for his less than conventional political views. Little wonder, given that the Italian once labelled fascist dictator Benito Mussolini a  “very principled, ethical individual” who was “deeply misunderstood”. Those who died at […]

Keep your shirt on


There were eyes full of excitement; smiles of contempt, genuine wondering and even patronising empathy. The football world was deep into the new episode of Cristiano Ronaldo dramedy. Meanwhile, the man who was once believed to be Ronaldo’s heir, struggled alone. Luis Nani might beg for pity too, but nobody seems to care. When the […]

Nani can thank talent and Rooney for bumper deal

Luis Nani

Portuguese winger Nani is on the brink of signing a lucrative new four-year contract at Manchester United that will net the 25-year-old somewhere between £125,000 and £160,000 per week, depending on the veracity of media reports this week. Indeed, negotiations have been open for some time between player and club, with the winger’s agent liberally […]

Brilliant Nani told to focus on Reds

Nani’s progress over the past year is remarkable, sSo much so that the Portuguese winger confidently expects Manchester United to win the title, while being nominated for next year’s Ballon D’Or. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, keen to keep his player’s feet on the ground, has warned the 24-year-old that success with United comes first. Indeed, Nani […]

Nani: a modern winger


Wingers, the traditional kind that reaches and then crosses from the byline, are rapidly dying out in the modern game; perhaps only Antonio Valencia and Miloš Krasić of those on the books of European giants can be classified as such. The decline is due to the prevalence of single-striker systems, where classic wingers are simply […]

Reds’ World Cup stars dropping like flies

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal from England’s World Cup squad with knee ligament damage was followed today by Portugal’s Nani, who suffered a bruised collar bone in training. Manchester United’s World Cup contingent is now seven; heartache for the players who have dropped out to date, delight for manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Nani picked up the injury on Friday […]

Nani signs new four-year deal

Nani has signed a new four-year deal with Manchester United that will keep the former Sporting Lisbon player at Old Trafford until 2014. The 23-year-old winger has experienced a renaissance in recent weeks after a disappointing start to the season that culminated in rumours of the player’s departure in the January transfer window. The new […]

Nani: I never wanted to leave

Nani says he has grown in his three years at Manchester United and never wanted to leave the club despite speculation that the former Sporting Lisbon winger would move during the January transfer window. The Portuguese player has suffered a frustrating season at Old Trafford in which fans have questioned his value to the team […]