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The Portuguese international has fallen down the pecking order at the Premier League side since the back end of last season, with Ferguson becoming more and more frustrated by his drop in performance.

This irritation reached breaking point last week, as United dropped out of the Capital One Cup with defeat to Chelsea.

The Scottish manager singled out Nani’s wasteful use of the ball as a major factor in the Blues’ equalising goal, launching an attack on his player after the final whistle.

The 25-year-old was believed to be incensed by the comments, feeling that he had been victimised. According to reports, United’s assistant manager Mike Phelan had to step in to calm the wide man after he had exchanged angry words with members of the coaching staff.

Fergie is believed to be a huge fan of Nani’s technical ability, but is unconvinced as to whether he has the hunger and focus to fulfil his potential.

The Red Devils lined up Brazilian youngster Lucas Moura as a replacement during the summer, however big spending Paris Saint-Germain gazumped them to secure his signature.

United are likely to search for a potential suitor for Nani ahead of January, with Zenit Saint Petersburg believed to be keen.

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