Nani has told reporters he thinks Manchester United fans are calling for him to be brought back to base because they recognise his performance levels in Portugal and know he could be an asset for Louis van Gaal at the minute.
‘’It’s always good to feel the affection of the fans,’’ Nani was quoted as saying by A Bola.
‘’They want me back because they recognise that I am in good form and can be an asset for the club.
‘’This is football. Sometimes we are praised and sometimes we are criticised.
‘’I don’t want to distract from my focus. I just want to keep playing football and then we’ll see.
‘’I’m not saying this is the best time in my career – I’ve had good times and I hope to continue have them.
‘’I’m enjoying my football and I hope to remain doing so.’’
The winger, once touted as the next Ronaldo, was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford in the summer, despite signing a five-year-deal in 2013, and was effectively used as a bargaining chip in the deal that saw Marcos Rojo move to Old Trafford.
Since moving back to his homeland, Nani has become the pin up boy of Portuguese national football and has been named the best player in the division so far this season.
Five goals in 13 appearances for Sporting has put him back on the radar of United fans who are in two minds over the 27-year-old. He wowed and frustrated supporters in equal measure during his time at Old Trafford, but his form and reviews in Portugal are too good to go unnoticed.
Rumours over a clause that could see the winger head back to Manchester in January, however, seem somewhat wide of the mark as the player himself admits he doesn’t know anything about that agreement, stating: ‘I think there is no clause but I leave that for others to solve.’
Earlier in the week, Sporting officials announced their deal with Nani was until the end of the season and Manchester United had no possibility of landing the player in January or any time before the end of the season.