Portuguese winger on why he left Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s forgotten man Nani, currently on loan for the season at Sporting Lisbon, has revealed why he chose to leave the club this summer, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The 28-year-old had suffered something of a dip in form in his final few years at Old Trafford, though he looks like getting back to his best form back with the club where he started his career.
Nani’s fine performances may yet earn him a place in the United team next season if he does not make the permanent move away from the club, though he has revealed that Louis van Gaal offered him the chance to leave this season.
The Dutchman took over at United in the summer, and has made a great number of changes to the first-team squad at Old Trafford, offloading some under-performers and spending big money on some exciting high-profile names such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
Still, Nani’s improving form may be hard to ignore, even though the player himself has revealed that talks with van Gaal made him think he was unlikely to be a regular in the team this season.
“I saw the opportunities at United were going to be less for me so I had to make a choice,” he explained.
“I had been at Old Trafford for a long time, for seven years, and I think I needed a little time away to understand and find my confidence again.
“Louis van Gaal gave me the option to go. I could have stayed but I chose the best option for me at the time and I think I was right.”