It seems like we can’t go a day without a different transfer rumour linking players with a move to United or away from the club. Today, the papers’ speculation focus on Old Trafford’s very own Mr Marmite, otherwise known as Nani. The Portuguese’s petulance and ability to irritate people comparable only to those of flies that disrupt a summer barbecue has been well documented, as has his match-winning ability, as we witnessed on Monday night.
Nani is a player that splits opinions like few have done over the last decade at Old Trafford. The apologetic party, their colours firmly tied to the Portuguese’s ability, happily turn a blind eye on Nani’s flaws – a peculiar willingness to hit the deck, a “not too arsed” attitude nonchalantly displayed on and off the pitch and, lest we forget, his financial demands.
On the other side of the fence, Nani’s critics would rather get rid of a petulant kid who can turn a game on its head, even if it means having to make do with Ashley Young, a sort of David Bellion 2.0 if you wish.
Sir Alex Ferguson has described Nani as “without doubt one of the best match-winners in the whole of Europe” but, as reported by the Independent, Fergie added: “[Chief executive] David [Gill] has been speaking to [Nani’s] agent for quite a few weeks now,” Ferguson said. “It’s up to the boy himself. He’s got a year and a half left, I would prefer to keep him to the end of his contract. But I think he wants guaranteed first-team football. But he can guarantee that. His performance the other night can guarantee that. We’re trying our best because he’s such a match-winning player.”
Nani isn’t the only player that could be set to leave Old Trafford, at least according to the Daily Mirror whose eminent writers now consider De Gea good enough to replace Iker Casillas at Real Madrid.
A remarkable turnaround in fortunes, considering that the Spaniard was considered to be United’s weak link until his performance at the Bernabeu 10 days ago.
And finally, if you thought that being top of the league, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and with a good chance of reaching the last eight of the Champions League would be a better proposition than sitting seventh on the table, with no cups to soften to blow, you’d be completely wrong for you’re not a part of “the world’s greatest football family”.
Which means you’ll miss out on Brendan’s Christmas card, presumably.