Former Manchester United winger Luis Nani is expected to join Australian side Melbourne Victory ahead of the start of the new season, putting him in the running for the starting role against Manchester United in the forthcoming pre-season friendlies, according to sports reporter Gianluca Di Marzio. Former Manchester United star Nani played under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal from 2007-2015; however spent his last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon.

Former Manchester United star Nani is most famous for his spell with United between 2007-15. He played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, winning the Champions League in 2007-08, four Premier League titles and four FA Cups. He played only 11 times in the Champions League, including only seven starts. However, English club Manchester United eventually won the title, finishing 11 points clear of runners-up, earning Nani his fourth Premier League winners medal. Nani scored his first goal of the 2008-09 season on September 23 2008, scoring Manchester United’s third in their 3-1 victory against Middlesbrough in the final minute to ensure passage into the League Cup Fourth Round.

Melbourne Victory fell just short of the championship silverware the last term, losing out to eventual champions Western United in the semi-finals. They will be hoping that Nani’s potential emergence as an outside-back helps Melbourne Victory mount a challenge for the 2022-23 campaign. Nani’s probable transfer to Australia would be a big coup for the A-League, which has attracted players such as Alessandro del Piero, David Villa, and Dwight Yorke since its debut in 2005.

Erik ten Hag’s team face Victory on July 15 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Nani might see a meeting with compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. The duo spent two years with each other at Old Trafford and were members of Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning team in France. He is fondly remembered amongst United fans for his theatrical tricks and goal celebrations, and he scored 40 goals during his stay at Old Trafford. Nani and Ronaldo are possibly prime examples of the importance of abilities that are not as visible as those. Arriving from the exact location, both had all the footballing skills in the world, but the difference in their separate Old Trafford departures is arguably most substantially due to the six inches between their ears.

Nani got his Portugal official debut in 2006, netting his first goal; he has since proven himself as an essential component of the team. He served his nation in four major tournaments, with three European Championships: 2008, 2012, and 2016, which he won, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He appeared in 112 international games and scored 24 goals before retiring in 2017. He is famous for his unique goal-scoring celebration, where he leaps into the air and yells, “Feliz Pascuas!”.