Manchester United loanee has psychologically recovered, claims Costinha

On-loan Sporting Lisbon winger Nani has been backed by former club director Costinha to be seen in a new light by Manchester United.

Manchester United loanee Nani has been backed by former Sporting Lisbon director of football Costinha to be seen in a new light by his parent club. 

The 28-year-old Portuguese international has been at the centre of a huge debate over whether or not he should be brought back to Old Trafford once his loan deal in Lisbon ends. 

Nani made the season-long loan move from United to Sporting in the summer and has looked a totally different player since.

The consistency he struggled to achieve in England for so long has suddenly become a key part of his game as shown by his five goals and four assists in his 13 appearances for the Portuguese club.

A move back to United, while still unlikely given the circumstances, has been talked about, and a recent poll conducted by local newspaper Manchester Evening News showed that supporters are split over the winger's return. 

Sporting's former director of football Costinha spoke of his admiration of Nani and was quoted in as hinting that perhaps United should give him another chance. 

''Nani is a great player who at this point should already been seen in a new light by Manchester United,'' Costinha commented. 

The 39-year-old went on to stress the importance of his former side in Nani's return to form by adding: ''Sporting have been important behind the psychological recovery of the international.''

Before his move to Sporting, the United winger was struggling to establish himself in a squad at Old Trafford, and many thought that the answer to his problem would to leave United at the first chance.

Although nothing permanent happened for Nani, he got a loan move back to the club where it all started for him and looks to be flourishing in his surroundings. 

A move back to United could be detrimental for the 29-year-old if he is looking to play every week due to the system Louis van Gaal plays and the competition for attacking places already at the club. 

Without a place for out-and-out wingers at United, Nani would most likely be in the queue for the number 10 spot which already includes the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. 

As he is still contracted to the club, the good performances by Nani will most likely see his stock rise and more teams interested in him when Van Gaal eventually decides to sell him.

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