Won a penalty to allow Wayne Rooney to clinch his hat-trick and easily won his battle with Walcott, often stopping the young Gunner in his tracks. Attacked with extra verve and swagger in the second half and he'll be proud to have skippered the side in a match like this.
Some fans groaned when he failed to convert an Ashley Young cross soon after producing a poor chip when better options were placed in the middle. They'd do well to understand the nature of flair players like Nani, who are always asked to produce something special. That's precisely what he did with the most arrogant of finishes that had the crowd purring prior to being given a rest by the boss after a performance that also included some impressive work in winning possession back.
A spiky display from the midfielder who was often too strong for the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin. An unfussy footballer, he helped make the side tick with a mature showing that should ensure another place in Capello's England plans for the Euro qualifiers.
Always plays the game with a smile on his face - his distracting tactics from free-kicks even raised a smile from the under-siege Wojciech Szczesny. He'll think he deserves too exists for Rooney's bullet set-pieces and will argue the striker was off target with another after he'd left the field.