Why United were right to loan this player out despite wonder-strike

Nani scored a great goal for loan club Sporting Lisbon this week, but Manchester United were still right to send him on loan.

Manchester United winger Nani – currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon – scored an outstanding goal for the Portuguese club in the Champions League on Wednesday.

His long-range shot flew into the bottom corner to ensure Sporting drew 1-1 with Maribor, and that effort led to some people claiming United had made a mistake sending the 27-year-old out on loan.

Well this is a reality check: Because Louis van Gaal did exactly the right thing sending the innately talented but frustratingly erratic winger elsewhere.

There is absolutely no doubt Nani possesses the talent to be one of Europe’s top players; that is surely why United remained patient with him for so long.

But in the end, the simple fact is the player too often flattered to deceive, his tricks and pace negated by his poor decision-making and an apparent lack of confidence in his own ability.

That was not always the case. For a brief spell in 2010 Nani looked like a world-beater, as outstanding performances against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City appeared to herald the arrival of the player many had felt was there all along.

Suddenly he was direct, incisive, a player who knew how good he was, merging that knowledge with his skill-set to devastating effect.

But then, just as quickly, that form dwindled, leaving Nani to ultimately depart while a new-look United took shape.

So while he may have scored a blinder for Sporting this week, United were patient to no avail, until they moved for players of the quality of Angel Di Maria who, let us not forget, is a year younger than the Portuguese international.

That really says it all.

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