A relationship that has seemed stretched and fragile lately may have hit the breaking point as ESPN FC reports that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and winger Nani have had a row. The break down of the relationship could see Nani leave the club as soon as January.
In the aftermath of United's 5-4 Capital One Cup tie loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday, Ferguson blasted Nani in the media for not holding the ball and killing the game.He would eventually lose possession, which saw the Blues win a penalty that would take the game to overtime. In the dressing room, the situation seemed to reach a boiling point as ESPN reports that assistant manager Mike Phelan had to mediate between the two men and calm Nani down. Nani has been left feeling a victim of Ferguson's tirade and feels that he has been, perhaps unnecessarily, blamed for the loss in the League Cup. Nani apparently has also had words with coach Rene Meulensteen over a lack of focus.
An obvious skillful player, Nani has shown largely inconsistent performances for the Red Devils and Ferguson is thought to have become increasingly frustrated with the Portuguese international since the end of last season. It was believed that Nani would move on from the club in last summer's transfer window and a move to Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg looked likely. The move apparently broke down over Nani's wage demands but now United may want to sell the winger by the next transfer window in January.
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