Monday 6 July 2015

Nani seals £4.25m Fenerbahce move

United winger Nani has joined Turkish side Fenerbahce for £4.25 million (6 millions Euros) on a three-year deal.

The 28 year old Portuguese international made 229 appearances for the Reds in seven season at Old Trafford, scoring 40 goals. 

An enigmatic player capable of delight and despair in equal measure, on his day Nani could be simply unplayable but sadly he never found his best form often enough during his United career.

Nani signed a new five year deal in 2013, but, having spent last season on loan at boyhood club Sporting Lisbon, he joins his international team mates Bruno Alves and Raul Meireles at the Turkish Super Lig club. 

The winger won four Premier League titles, two League Cups, a Champions League, a FIFA Club World Cup and four Community Shields in his United career.
There were some memorable individual displays as well, most notably two outstanding displays in titanic tussles with Arsenal.

A brilliant man of the match performance in a 4-0 FA Cup win in February 2008 put the Gunners to the sword, and  in January 2010 he enjoyed arguably his best ever game in a United shirt when his scored one and set up another to further punish the Gunners in the Champions League semi finals. 

In his first season at United, he scored from the spot in Moscow to help United to a third European triumph whilst he was also influential in a 3-0 home win over Liverpool earlier that season. 

In 2010/11, he was recognised as United's Players Player of the Year as the club achieved a record-breaking 19th league title. 

The 2013/14 campaign was a frustrating one for Nani as he spent most of the season struggling with injury and trying to find form, with the winger dropping in and out of an ever changing United side.

New Reds manager Louis van Gaal deemed Nani to be surplus to requirements and he was sent out on loan back to the club that United signed him from for the duration of last season.
He scored seven goals in 27 appearances for Sporting last term, also netting in a penalty shootout win over Braga to help the club to their first trophy since 2008.

Nani was not everyone's favourite when he played for us, but his  fleeting individual brilliance- often at crucial moments- and extravagant goal celebrations ensure he will leave his mark on United's recent history.

All of us at United Faithful would like to wish Nani all the best as he embarks on a new chapter in his career at Fenerbahce in Turkey.

NB: There is a possibility that United could face off against Nani's new side in the Champions League play-offs in August.
The Reds are seeded for the draw and Fenerbahce are among our possible two-legged tie opponents. 

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