He’s a dazzling dribbler - when he backs himself to take on a defence, he can tie them in knots, and when he backs it up with a clinical finish or a killer cross, it’s truly devastating.
Appearances: Premier League 19(4), 4 goals; Carling Cup 2; Champions League 8, 2 goals; Other 1, 1 goal. Total 30(4). Goals scored: 7.
Season soundbite: "His personality is getting stronger and better to deal with playing for us every week. His performance against Arsenal was an example of that.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
In a word: Mercurial
The Portuguese trickster finally came into his own in a red shirt last season...
Finest moment: Nani will be pleased to know that the Dubious Goals Panel has awarded him his effort at the Emirates against Arsenal. In a piece of individual brilliance, Nani’s jink between two defenders and effortless wrong-footing of another brought him face-to-face with Gunners keeper Manuel Almunia, allbeit at an impossibly acute angle. His exquisite lob, which Almunia could only palm into the net, would probably have gone in