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Fergie row could spell end for Nani at United

ESPN staff
November 6, 2012
Nani was blamed for Manchester United's Capital One Cup exit by Sir Alex Ferguson © Getty Images

Nani's days at Manchester United appear to be numbered as the winger's relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson has reached breaking point.

ESPN understands that assistant manager Mike Phelan had to mediate and calm the Portuguese following last Wednesday's 5-4 Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea, after Ferguson had criticised Nani for his wasteful use of the ball that led to Eden Hazard's late penalty - which forced extra-time.

For his part, sources close to Nani say that he is feeling victimised and blamed for any bad result, but has become increasingly vocal about that in the dressing room. He has also had angry words with United coach Rene Meulensteen.

Ferguson's frustration with the winger's performances grew towards the end of last season, and it is understood he would have sold the Portuguese in the summer, with Lucas Moura intended to serve as a direct squad replacement. United ended up being gazumped by Paris Saint-Germain for the Brazilian.

While Nani's natural talent is hugely respected at Old Trafford, many of the coaching staff are believed to question his focus.

As it is, United will attempt to find a buyer in January, with Ferguson also prepared to spend to fill the place he hopes will be vacated.

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