Luis Nani’s Portugal side crashed out of the World Cup despite winning their final group game against Ghana 2-1.
Nani, who scored Portugal’s first goal of their World Cup campaign against the USA, started all three group games in Brazil.
The winger joined Manchester United in 2007 from Sporting Lisbon and although supremely talented, he is consistently inconsistent – a trait he demonstrated during the tournament.
He made just 11 league appearances for United last season as injuries again disrupted a career that once promised so much. Nani’s cameo performance in Portugal’s 5-1 win over Ireland in the build-up to the World Cup was perhaps the performance that will give United fans hope he can rediscover his form next season, though. He looked sharp and provided assists for two goals.
His latest (and last) outing in Brazil prompted many United fans to call for him to be sold this summer, less than 12 months after signing a new five-year contract at the club. The winger got himself into some dangerous positions but he was unable to deliver a final ball of any real quality and lost possession too easily, often allowing Ghana to counter-attack.
Nani was involved in the build-up to Portugal’s winner but his two shots failed to trouble the Ghanaian goalkeeper; one was deflected behind for a corner and the other was an audacious and frankly indulgent effort that the crowd behind the goal did well to avoid.
Here are some thoughts from United fans on Nani’s performance:
Nani is utterly, utterly useless. Speaks volume for the quality of Portuguese football if they've got no one else better to play.
— Dan (@mufc_dan87) June 26, 2014
In other news… Nani is having another 'mare.
— Barney @Red News (@barneyrednews) June 26, 2014
Now lets sell Nani and REALLY make united fans happy
— Liam Whelan (@liam11) June 26, 2014