Sir Alex said that Portuguese winger Nani will not be sold in January. “He is only 23,” he said. “If someone came in for Nani in January we would tell him that he is going absolutely nowhere.”
Sticking with one’s players is admirable but, as Kenny Rogers said, you gotta know when to hold them and know when to fold them. And it is, in my opinion, time for Nani to go. Make it a back-loaded deal, Football Manager-style (i.e. get money when he plays X number of games and scores X number of goals) to maximize the value. But there is no place for Nani at Manchester United. Sir Alex seems to agree with that assessment: “He has suffered because (Luis Antonio) Valencia’s form has been excellent and because (Gabriel) Obertan has emerged as an interesting player.”
So where does that leave Nani if both Valencia and Obertan are doing well? On the bench, that’s where.
Time to cash in, especially if AC Milan and Benfica are interested.