The Metro has reported that Nani has told close friends that he is definitely looking for a way out of Manchester United.
If that Metro report is accurate that it will feel like a stab in the back to the club’s fans, when things were starting to look as though Nani would commit to a new contract at Old Trafford.
However, it’s not necessarily a bad thing because for all of his skill and quality, there are some benefits to be gained from a Nani departure which will aid Manchester United next season and beyond.
The first and most obvious plus is that it frees up a wide position in the team. This is significant because of the high volume of players United have in wide positions, which creates problems for Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of keeping everyone happy.
It will also allow United to offer Wilfried Zaha a chance to impress in the side next season, a chance he would not have if Nani was still at the club.
Considering Zaha is rated as one of the best wide players in England and Europe at the moment, the fact he can get a realistic chance to play sooner than he may have expected, can create a number of positive effects for the club.
It also allows United to play more complete all round wide players, with the exception of Zaha, who are just as effective going backwards as they are going forward.
Antonio Valencia has had a stinker of a season, far from his best, but he remains a good all round winger, able to do some solid defensive work and capable of producing brilliance inside the opponent’s final third.
United will also dodge a bullet in a financial sense because all of the reports are suggesting that Nani was asking for a ridiculous wage deal in this new contract, which may keep him at the club.
Caving in to those demands automatically puts pressure on United to create parity across the playing squad, each and every time a contract comes up for renewal.
If there is someone in the squad playing more than Nani, they naturally hold more value and naturally deserve to be paid more when their new contract talks come up as a major issue.
United will also benefit because it seems they have a player at the club, who is already thinking about going somewhere else.
Ferguson has never been a manager to harbour players that don’t want to be at his club or players who run a risk of alienating other key squad members against the United cause.
In short, if he’s been talking as the Metro suggests then it’s time for United to move him on because they can easily cope without him.
United fans, what do you make of the news?
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