Do stats show Nani is not the winger who should leave Old Trafford?

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Could selling Nani be a mistake? Should Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia be made just as culpable?

Monaco are said to be planning a bid for Luis Nani to rival Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain for the Portuguese winger’s signature.

Nani joined United in 2007, but had a poor 2012-13 season - making only 15 starts and six substitute appearances, netting three goals in all competitions.

The 26-year-old is reviewing his future with the Premier League Champions and possibly looks as if his destiny is outside Old Trafford, after the club failed to agree a new contract .

PSG have long been admirers of Nani, but Monaco are reported to be preparing a bid in order to secure the talents of Nani to the principality ahead of the Ligue1 champions.

Monaco have been busy in the transfer market this transfer window, the newly promoted French side having already purchased both Joao Moutinho and James Rodriquez from Porto in addition also Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid.

Monaco will be hoping that the intent shown in adding the three new players to the team will display to Nani. that they are to be taken seriously at a tilt for the French Ligue title and convince the Portugal international winger his future lays in Monaco, not the French capital.

Galatasaray have recently also shown interest in Nani, the Turkish club having had an offer of £6 million declined by United. Nani is also reported to be of interest to two top Italian clubs, Roma and Juventus.

Is Luis Nani the winger that should be leaving Manchester United ?

With a range of players who are able to perform on the wing for United this season: Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha, Antonio Valencia and Luis Nani one needs to be transferred to bring on-board a truly world class winger.

Danny Welbeck the England international has also been utilised on the left side flank for Manchester United on occasion.

However it is anticipated that Nani will be transferred to allow for any new additions to add to United's wing power.

Is this the right route to go down; selling Luis Nani. Let’s look at the statistics for the players in contention as wingers and assess who in fact should be sold!

Shinji Kagawa

Season 2012-13: started 22 matches and four substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring six league goals providing six assists.

The Japanese International player in his first season at United after his £13 million purchase from Borussia Dortmund one year ago had an injury ravaged campaign. Kagawa however won the Bundesliga title twice consecutively while at Dortmund. Recording at the German giants 17 goals and 14 assists in season 2011-12.

The 24-year-old has got huge potential.

Antonio Valencia

Season 2012-13: started 29 matches and 11 substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring one league goal and providing eight assists.

Valencia, United's bearer of the iconic no. 7 shirt played in almost twice as many matches as Nani but netted two fewer goals and contributed only two more assists than the Portuguese winger.

The stats as we know only provide a snap shot of performance, the Ecuadorians work rate, tracking back in support of the full backs are commendable. The 27-year-old is an asset to have but needs to get back to the level he displayed in 2011-12.

Ashley Young

Season 2012-13: started in 18 matches and five substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring zero goals, providing five assists.

The ex-Aston Villa winger, in his second season at United, had an injury interrupted season suffering three injuries alone last term.

Young, of all the wingers, has contributed least to the team in statistical terms, but Moyes will surely give the 28-year-old the opportunity to show the power and pace he showcased at Aston Villa to persuade Sir Alex Ferguson to purchase Young and hope for an injury free season this forthcoming campaign.

Danny Welbeck

Season 2012-13: started in 23 matches and 17 substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals, providing five assists.

The stats are very poor for the Longsight man but time is on Welbeck's side as the 22-year-old only became a Red Devils regular during the last campaign.

Danny as we know is a regular England international where his goal to game ratio is significantly higher, while being played for the Three Lions through the middle in the traditional centre forward role.

Wilfried Zaha

Season 2012-13: started in 50 matches for Crystal Palace in all competitions, scoring eight goals, providing 12 assists.

The 20-year-old’s stats are obviously achieved at Championship level with the Eagles, where Zaha was one of the standout performers where he aided Palace to gain promotion to the Premiership.

Having started incredibly well while on the AON summer tour, it will be fascinating to see if the English international can replicate that form at the Premiership Champions.

Luis Nani

Season 2012-13: started in 15 matches and six substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals, providing six assists.

Nani's season similar to other United wingers season was curtailed by injury but the exciting winger while unpredictable was far from poor.

In the past four league campaigns the Portugal International has been sensational. Nani having provided 50 assists in all tournaments of which 41 were in the Premier League. Which was better than any other player.

Which United winger should be transferred?

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