Manchester United are hopeful of making a shock recall of winger Nani in the January transfer window, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Portuguese star was sent on loan to his home country after a disappointing few seasons for the Old Trafford club.
His return came as part of the deal which saw Man Utd sign Marcos Rojo.
However, much to Man Utd’s benefit, Nani has been in excellent form since moving back to Portugal.
Man Utd have also rejigged their formation, playing with two wingers rather than the intended two wing backs, and as a result, there is space for Nani again in the side.
The Red Devils will therefore discuss the possibility of cutting the intended loan spell short, with the player to return in the winter rather than waiting until the summer to have Nani return.
It remains to be seen whether Sporting would agree to let one of their top players depart at an inconvenient juncture.