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Nani: ‘I still hope to be a Red Devil’

NANI-GALAXYNani is confident that he still has a future at Manchester United, as long as he can maintain his good form for Sporting CP during his loan stay.

The 28-year-old winger returned to his former club on a season-long loan in August as part of the deal that took Argentine defender Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford.

Nani was allowed to leave United in the off-season following the arrival of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, despite the Portugal international having penned a new five-year contract with the club in September last year.

He has won four Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League with the Red Devils, but injuries and a loss of form over the past two seasons saw him fall out of favour with management.

The Cape Verde-born player has scored five goals in 14 appearances for the Lions this term, and believes he can force his way into Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans.

When asked if his United career could be resurrected, Nani told reporters: “Why not? I went out [to Sporting] to play more and get to my best. If there is an opportunity, we will see.”

Nani returned to the Theatre of Dreams on Tuesday, where he helped A Seleccao to a 1-0 victory over 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina.

However, he hardly endeared himself to those Red Devils fans in attendance after leaving Di Maria clutching his ankle following a strong challenge, although the injury is not thought to be serious.

Commenting on Portugal’s performance, Nani said: “I think it was a very tough game for us but we knew, when we play against a team like that, it is very difficult.

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“I think all the players did well. We defended the result but tried to win the game as well and, in the end, we had a bit of pressure and we won the game. It’s great for us.”

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  1. Erik15_15

    December 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Leaders of zambia,burundi,CAR,Kenya and tanzania don’t care abut congo,they must shut up their mounth instead of commenting about flawed election in congo,how did they get the power?or how long have they been in power?We congoleses are seeing who are friends of people of congo or not,one day we will tell them the right things,not a single leader in africa voices at least his concern about the election,not one says what is going on congo is not right,why did kabila change the constitution?was it for fun?whey did he change the numbers of justice supreme court from 3 to 27 judges?
    Congo will walk away from africa united organisation,great lakes stupid org and so on ,they did and are doing fuck all about congo,we don’t want to be a part such stupid org,what did they do for africa?
    In lingala we say”A ta ndele” things will change and we people of congo will review our friends list if we have one.

  2. WhoAreYou

    December 17, 2011 at 6:34 am

    African political parties have realized you do not have to admit defeat in anything. Just reject even when you have just 20% of the vote. Then call for mass protest which is a euphemism for violence as you wait for the international community to come to your rescue out of sympathy. I see a real danger of this happening next year in Kenya only that the actors involved will be different. Despite what each of them says, none of Kenya’s combatants in the runoff next year will be ready to accept defeat especially if Raila Odinga loses. That’s why he has been visiting Uganda, South Sudan, Europe and the US to make sure he can get forced intervention if he loses again. 

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