United winger set for Turkish delight?

Nani+Portugal+v+Luxembourg+FIFA+2014+World+qI4Boc9ZAhDlThe January transfer window might still be two and half months away, but the rumour mill is in full swing and Manchester United seem to have yet again being caught in the thick of it.

Today’s backpages claim that Galatasaray are set offer £13m for Nani in January, as Roberto Mancini, who replaced Fatih Terim at the helm of the Istanbul club less than a month ago, begins to seek a replacement for Wesley Sneijder, who could be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

The story, which appeared on the popular Turkish newspaper Fotomac and was reported by the Daily Express, would sound a bit more credible if it wasn’t that, just over a week ago, Galatasaray were linked with a £12.5m for Antonio Valencia by another Turkish daily.

Either Turkish journalists love watching United, or Roberto Mancini is desperate to sign a winger who can’t beat a man and a player so frustratingly inconsistent that even his staunchest advocates fail to defend at times. Considering that wing-play is a department in which United haven’t excelled in years, it’s rather odd that their wingers have seemingly become hot property around European football over the last couple of weeks.

According to the Express, Mancini would sanction a move for Nani should Sneijder leave Istanbul for London, as Galatasaray will have to sell one of their foreign players before signing Nani, given that the Turkish FA has a limit of 10 foreign players per club.

The Istanbul giants had already been linked with Nani in the summer, alongside the likes of Monaco and Roma, and even submitted an offer which was rejected by United as it didn’t match the financial requests of the club, before Nani then ended up signing a new deal, which many considered a sign of the Portuguese’s willingness to seek a fresh start under David Moyes.

Moyes has, in fact, opted to pick Nani ahead of Antonio Valencia in recent weeks, with the Portuguese’s pace and technique deemed preferable to the Ecuadorian’s workrate – well, sort of – but while he’s been better than his fellow wingers, Nani has failed to impress so far this season, even though he scored for Portugal on Tuesday.

Having said that, it would make very little sense for United to part ways with the Portuguese who, for all his inconsistency, remains one of the  few player at Moyes’ disposal able to turn a game on its head and if the United manager is really planning to offload some wingers, than Valencia and particularly Ashley Young should be at the top of the list.

However, the fact the Nani signed a new contract this summer would put United in a strong position should they decide to sell him in January.



  1. I would hate to see Nani leave.

    My ideal scenario would be to play him on the right predominantly and on the left on occasion to give Zaha a crack at the right flank.

    A selection solution that I’m pretty fond of would be to play Welbeck Nani and Zaha on the wings.

    Rotate Rooney, van Persie and Chicharito as the lead strikers and then play Januzaj and Kagawa as the two attacking midfielders supported by one defensive midfielder. With Carrick, Jones and Fellaini being the ones rotated as the defensive midfielders.

    With that kind of setup I think we would play the most exciting football and get the most goals.

    But we have David Moyes as our manager so. . .

    • @The_Philosopher: Like this:

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      • @The_Philosopher:The passing and dribbling ability of both Januzaj and Kagawa are the best in the team.

        They can do a world class job together getting the ball up to the lethal feet of Rooney, RVP and Nani.

    • @The_Philosopher: Or:

      ————————De Gea





    • @ian harris: Nope.

      I would play one or the other at this stage.

      I think it’s mentally lazy to assume that the both of them are the best combination upfront.

      Its too eay to just plonk them together and expect fireworks.

      They both need service. Rooney sucks at providing it and RVP is the better finisher in my book.

      To date they have not yet combined particularly well.

      Kagawa can make either of them better strikers. But together they don’t have as natural a chemistry as say Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in my opinion.

      And even with the Suarez Sturridge partnership they have Stevie G backing them up.

      We have to play to our strengths. Shinji Kagawa is the best play maker in the team.

      And with United boasting one of the worst midfields in the top 6 we can’t afford to play a second striker as ham-fisted as Wayne Rooney.

      We need a little more order and purpose in our build up play.

    • @ian harris: Here’s a first team experiment thats worth a proper go in my opinion:

      ——————De Gea





      • @The_Philosopher: Its lite on physicality but going forward the pace, energy, guile and creativity of the front five is enough to overwhelm any defense.

        Michael Carrick would have been the ideal player to sit infront of the back four but he is just too slow to be effective so I would sacrifice his experience and expertise for the youthful energy of Tom Cleverley.

        There is a lot of youth and inexperience in this side but the raw talent and exuberance more than makes up for it.

        I want us to take risks and try new things. This side could play some very exciting creative football. I’m so sick of the tired, measured, play it safe fare we’ve gotten used to.

  2. If any of United’s wingers need to be sold,it should be Ashley Young,not Nani.The arrival,and limitations,of Valencia put a serious damper on Nani’s development as a United.Although he is capable of playing on both flanks,I firmly believe that Luis is more comfortable on the right and has more confidence playing there.With Tony V’s poor form of late,Moyes should give Nani a run out on the right for a few games so that he can rediscover his game and show us that he is what we know he can be.A flamboyant,skillfull player capable of the extraordinary.Keep him.

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