It was just over two years ago when the ever-confident Luis Nani took a page out of the Cristiano Ronaldo book on 'Convincing Others of your Merit' and stated that he had aspirations of being "one of the best players in the world" [The Independent].
These sentiments were made on the back of a season where fans' disapproval of the winger had risen and his future at the club was put in doubt.
Meanwhile, a few months earlier, Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of the Portuguese player, saying that he had "settled down" and choosing between him and Valencia had become a "massive decision" [Mail Online].
Two years later, that interview sounds like Sir Alex being politic—trying to project his trust in the player onto the fans. That ploy didn't work and all that seemed to happen was that the supporters instead projected their mistrust of the player onto the manager.
In the dying days of this summer transfer window, incessant talk of a move away from Old Trafford was all the buzz as Russian side Zenith St. Petersburg seemed a definite destination for the 25-year-old. However, nothing progressed of the move [ESPN Soccernet].
Perhaps, Sir Alex wasn't fully convinced.
The State of Play
So far this season, one of the biggest talking points coming out of the United's first five games of has been Nani's performances. The winger was below par against Everton in the first game of the EPL season and was benched the very next game against Southampton.
The penalty miss against Galatasaray was his lowest point yet and the fans let him know it, and it was telling that Sir Alex—once again, politic—decided to shoulder the blame for the miss. Perhaps, again trying to project his trust in the player onto the fans [ESPN Soccernet].
The starting lineup against Liverpool will tell us if this ploy has worked.
The Portuguese winger doesn't have much going for him at present and with the allure of his past promise fading fast, it's hard to see much of a future for the player at Manchester United at least.