It has nothing to do with the fact they are losing an inconsistent player but all to do with the indication that David Moyes is already maintaining an important theme from the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
There are several Premier League clubs who could have all bought and used Nani in their side and Arsenal were apparently ready to make a big money bid for the winger.
However, David Moyes has a vision in his head and that does not include selling the club’s best players to rivals, which could hurt them significantly.
The fact Nani is going overseas to a side that can only hurt United in the Champions League means Moyes is carrying on something which Ferguson demonstrated throughout his managerial reign.
It’s not a new idea with Moyes, just cast your mind back to how much of a fuss he made before Joleon Lescott went on to sign for Manchester City from Everton.
More significantly this should be further proof to United fans that Wayne Rooney is not going to play for another club in England.
The big worry for plenty of United fans remains the chance that Rooney could go to Arsenal, Chelsea or even do a Carlos Tevez and sign for Manchester City. Any of those moves they would never forgive him for.
Rooney is and always will be a superb player so Moyes has to maintain the trend of not selling to a main rival with the striker.
There has been some foreign interest in Rooney with the likes of Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and the big Spanish clubs all considering taking a punt on buying out the last two years of his United contract.
It’s not impossible that Fergie had something to do with Nani’s destination and despite Moyes’ years of experience in the English game, he may get an ear bashing from the former boss if he does ever sell a player to another English side.
Arsene Wenger has left the door open on a move to Arsenal for Rooney but that could just be mind games on the part of the Frenchman as opposed to a serious and intricate thought over how he can pull that deal off.
United have enjoyed such a long and sustained period of success in English football because they have not intentionally made themselves weaker and their rivals stronger.
They will always go after their rivals’ best players but don’t expect the Moyes era to be any different in terms of the players leaving Old Trafford.
Will Rooney join another English side? Does this Nani example rule that out?
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