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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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