PHOTO: Manchester United loanee Nani gets unusual Sporting shirt number

Nani

Manchester United winger Nani has been handed the number 77 shirt at Sporting Lisbon.

Handed the number 17 shirt at Manchester United, Nani may have aspired to wear the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford one day.

When Cristiano Ronaldo left, teammate Antonio Valencia was handed the honour - in what turned out to be an unsuccessful decision.

Nani's career has taken a different turn, he now finds himself at Sporting Lisbon, wearing the number 77 shirt.

The above photo of his new jersey was taken by the sportingcpfans Instagram feed from the club's official shop.

The winger is having his entire wages while at Sporting Lisbon paid by Manchester United, a move which has caused quizzical responses among fans of the Red Devils.

What could be possible is that this is why United were able to secure a reduced fee regarding Marcos Rojo, with his actual release clause at €24 million, and the final fee paid €20 million.

What's your take on United paying Nani's wages?

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