Nani’s stance on returning to Man Utd for a second stint just like Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United hero Nani has joked he’d be up for a second stint at Old Trafford just like compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo returned to the club after 12 years away on transfer deadline day, moving from Juventus. And he’s not disappointed, netting nine times since.

United first signed Ronaldo in the summer of 2003, with Nani then following his countryman to Old Trafford three years later.

While he was never able to match the same dizzying heights as Ronaldo, however, the Portugal international was still a popular figure nonetheless.

Nani helped the club win five Premier League titles, while also playing a role as they claimed the Champions League crown in 2008.

Currently at Orlando City in America, the veteran is still going strong.

And Nani has jokingly told The Athletic that he’d be up for returning to Old Trafford for a year before returning to his current side.

He said: “I would say: ‘Maybe I can go there for one year, help win a trophy and then come back to my Orlando’.”

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Nani is delighted at seeing Ronaldo back at United, insisting he wasn’t surprised when the move materialised.

The ex-Juventus and Real Madrid forward had, at one point, looked likely to join Manchester City.

Yet Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford after interventions from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Bruno Fernandes.

“Always,” he said when asked if he still followed his old club.

“If I don’t have a game at the same time, of course. It’s special now with Cristiano there.

“Obviously, when you see the news and the situation of him at Juventus you could imagine that there was no better place for him to go than to go back.

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“In my head, I knew he could go. I knew the news would be true so it wasn’t that much of a surprise to me.

“It’s always a motivation to see Man United and Old Trafford full of fans, the way the atmosphere is at that stadium is just incredible. It’s good to see and remember some good moments.”

Nani also revealed he helped persuade Bruno Fernandes into joining United in 2020.

“I was the first one to tell him he should go to England and if he decides to go to England, if he can choose Man United it would be the best thing for him,” he said.

“That was funny because a couple of months later when I went to Orlando I saw the news and I texted him because I was seeing Man City and Man United and Tottenham were fighting for him and I said, ‘If you have to go, you choose Man United! It’s the best!’”

Nani’s contract in Orlando expires at the end of the season.

And the former Sporting Lisbon winger has insisted he wants to stay in America.

“Since I arrived here my ambition was to try to help Orlando be one of the biggest clubs in the US and compete with the best teams,” he stated.

“At the moment I feel like we are one of those teams that can challenge any team and that’s a big reason why I feel very comfortable here at this club and I want to stay.

“You have a lot of talents in this league.

“There’s Lucas Zelarayan at Colombus, Raul Ruidiaz from Seattle, Carles Gil from New England. There are a lot of players shining in this league.

“And then you have Chicharito. Big stars, so it’s normal to see quality on the field.

“It’s great to have players to compete with and motivate yourself against as well.

“It’s not like what a lot of people were saying about MLS because every year I’ve been in MLS it’s been amazing.

“It’s been much better so I’m very positive about the future of MLS.”

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