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United Swap Nani for Sneijder?

Nani Nani of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on April 9, 2011 in Manchester, England.

When Nani walks out onto a football pitch wearing Manchester United colours, you know that he will have an effect on the game. He will cause problems on the wings, he will come inside and unleash a thunderous shot, he will win free-kicks in dangerous areas, he will create and score goals. If it wasn’t for him and his stunning form this season, United wouldn’t be where they are now – 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League and in a Champions League semi final and FA Cup Semi Final.

It wasn’t always like that, and at one point he might have been out of the Old Trafford door with a thumping headache and Sir Alex Ferguson’s angry words ringing in his ears. But he kept at it, and has turned inconsistency’s into an instrumental role at United. Why on earth would United want to let him go?

Well apparently, for Wesley Sneijder. The Netherlands international and Inter Milan play maker has been on Ferguson’s wanted list for a while now, with the Inter Milan president confirming solid interest in the player from United. Considering the great World Cup he had and the well known quality in midfield that he can inject, that is very much understandable. Weight is added to the argument when you consider that Paul Scholes’ contract negotiations are well off resolving and retirement is just around the corner. United will be looking for a replacement, and what a fantastic one Sneijder would be.

Would Ferguson really allow Nani to leave United so he can exchange him for an older player, in a different position? One that statistically has not had anywhere near as good a season as Nani has, and one who has never played in England before? Sure, he may settle down very quickly in England, but what if he doesn’t? One of United’s most influential players would be enjoying life in Italy while the player exchanged for him is suffering in a new, very different environment.

Manchester United fans have been left scratching their heads as to why Nani has been left off of the Player of the Year short-list. He has, in the Premier League alone, scored 9, and directly assisted 14 while playing a prominent role in countless Manchester United attacks, often proving lethal for the opposition. Meanwhile, Sneijder has managed 3 goals and 5 assists in the Italian Serie A.

I for one, would not like to see Nani leave Old Trafford for Sneijder. I would like to see the Dutchman wearing the red of United, but not at the expense of one of United’s best, who is always looking to improve. Sir Alex has spoken of Nani’s early troubles before, and by the sounds of it, the great Scot would not be any hurry to see Nani go either:

“Nani wasn’t close to leaving because he’d have had to get by me! Of course we sat down and talked. You do that with all your players.

“I don’t need to trumpet his improvement, he’s been consistent all season. He’s a match winner – he creates goals and he scores goals. Every time he gets near the ball, you think something special is going to happen. That’s the sign of a great player.”

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball



  1. Jon

    April 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    No way Fergie lets him go. And props to him for keeping him around when everyone wanted him gone, i’m sure a ton of managers would’ve shipped him off for around 15 million when they had the chance.

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  3. Redman

    April 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    You all worship a cheat… Where is the pride? Why showcase this talented primadonna anyway. Get rid and sign someone with a bit more heart! Can the Surrey faithful realise why all supporters hate their team? I doubt it! Have a nice trip up the m6 for the next home game!! Clowns .

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