Manchester United’s deal for Marcos Rojo included winger Nani heading back to Portugal for a season on loan.
The move makes sense for all concerned as Nani was unlikely to get the game time he would have been hoping for under Louis van Gaal, especially given the defensive demands for wider players in his well publicised 3-5-2 system.
The good news for Nani is that he’s still immensely popular with fans of the club he played for before originally joining United in 2007.
He can use this loan spell to improve his match sharpness and fitness and make it difficult for LvG next summer, when he mulls over the squad options available to him ahead of the 2015/2016 campaign.
It may even be the case that Nani will be keen on pushing for a permanent move back to Sporting, which makes it important to demonstrate his value and impact to the club while on loan there.