Date:21st April 2013 at 3:38am
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Could Sir Alex's pursuit of the CL keep Nani at United?

Could Sir Alex’s pursuit of the CL keep Nani at United?

The future of Luis Almeida Da Cunha at Old Trafford looks about as prosperous as the playing surfaces as almost every Red now seems certain that Nani, like the OT turf will be gone in the Summer.

It seems obvious with the many, many reports, the omission from the side since the awful display against Chelsea -a performance so bad that even Antonio Valencia outshone him, Nani will be taking his ever less frequent back flip to pastures less green next season.

Paris Saint German- as seems compulsory now- Juventus and even Real Madrid have been rumoured to be chasing the winger and when you think about it, that’s not really a surprise. Nani is still a match winner has the ability to wreak havoc against any defence and is good box office, the only problem is of course he’s completely erratic.

One thing that may keep Nani at Old Trafford is the Champions League, a competition where we’ve seen him shine since he joined United. Yes, he may have received a red card against Madrid, but let’s face facts that was never a red and prior to that Nani had been giving Los Blancos a torrid time. It wasn’t the first time that Nani had impressed in the Champions League, in 2010 when United crashed out to Bayern Munich at Old Trafford it was the Portuguese winger who’d very nearly kept the Reds in the competition with a stunning display.

Sir Alex Ferguson has won the Premier League title 12 times – soon to be 13 surely- and only twice lifted Europe’s greatest trophy, I say only as it’s something of a small disappointment in his glittering career that such a phenomenally triumphant domestic manager hasn’t quite achieved the same success in the Champions League.

Keeping Nani at the club may prove a masterstroke as Sir Alex chases the one trophy that’s eluded him more that any other, two Champions League wins in 20 years in the competition may stick in the United boss’s throat somewhat and keeping hold of Nani could be a way to rectify that.

Week in week out Nani doesn’t have the consistency you’d demand from such a talented winger, but twice a month or so on the European stage, he may just be the difference between a win and another near-miss, the question is does Sir Alex still have faith in him?

Do you think Nani will stay at United? Is he good enough in the Champions League to convince Sir Alex to stay?
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