Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has admitted he was surprised that Manchester United sent Nani out on loan to Sporting Lisbon this summer.
The polarising winger has been in fine form since re-joining his former club on a season-long deal in August, recording six goals and five assists in 15 total appearances.
Having recently been voted the Portuguese League's player of the season so far, his star performances have fuelled speculation that manager Louis van Gaal could opt to bring him back to Old Trafford this winter through a clause in the loan deal.
Sporting have since denied that such an agreement exists, however, and, after witnessing the Portugal international score in the club’s 3-1 Champions League win over Maribor, Schwarzer believes United will be regretting their decision to ship him out.
“The way he’s playing at the moment, you would think definitely,” he told Sky Sports.
“There was some talk over whether he might go back in January, but Sporting have pretty much said there’s no chance of that.
“But I think United at this stage will be regretting letting him go. He’s always dangerous in the box, and has a great touch and great feet.
“I was a bit surprised he left in the first place.”
While back at Old Trafford last week for Portugal’s 1-0 win over Argentina, Nani himself commented that he would be more than opened to returning to United, but stressed that he his Sporting stint was proving a welcome change following a lacklustre couple of seasons in Manchester.
“Why not?” he was quoted in the Daily Mail on a return to United. “I went out to play more and get to my best, and it is an opportunity. We will see.
“But it's great [at Sporting]. I'm doing well. I'm trying to do my best. Things are going well and I hope it continues like that.”