The official Manchester United Twitter account posted this week a vow from the Portuguese attacker that United supporters will see the ‘real’ Nani after the international break.
However, despite his assurances, after the club’s worst start to the season in more than a decade under new manager David Moyes, some fans responded with less than impressed comments, mostly directed at Nani individually.
'Could Nana not just vow we’ll see the real NANI?' asked one Allan Fagan.
'Or hopefully not see him again,' retorted Dave.
'Well that would be preferably,' said the former in response.
The 26-year-old is now away on international duty with Portugal and former United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo. Perhaps in some way, it is his compatriot and former teammate at Old Trafford who is the source of Nani’s failure to meet expectations at United.
Nani signed from Sporting from his native Portugal back in 2007, two years prior to the departure of Ronaldo in 2009 to Real Madrid for a world record fee of £80m. Undoubtedly one of the two best footballers in the world, Ronaldo was and still is hailed as a hero at Old Trafford – one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s best ever signings and best ever protégés – the player himself regards his former boss as his ‘football father’.
However, Nani has never really shared the same kind of mutual affection with either the retired manager of the fans – he started off well following Ronaldo’s departure but has been inconsistent in both form and fitness over the last three seasons.
He has yet to find the net this term so far and found it just once in the Premier League last season. Between 2010 and 2012 he was scoring ten goals per campaign but his recent slump in form and fitness has indeed left fans and commentators wondering when and if we will ever see the ‘real’ Nani.
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