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...
Story of the season: Some Reds had been less than charitable in their appraisal of the Portuguese backflipper since his arrival at Old Trafford in 2007. The flashes of skill he had shown were too few and far between to justify his hefty transfer fee, they reasoned. But soon after the papers reported that he had angered Sir Alex after talking out of turn and was demanding to move during the transfer window, he hit a rich vein of form. His performances in the Carling Cup semi-final victory over City and the league win at Arsenal particularly caught the eye, and he continued to look like a potent attacking weapon for the Reds rather than the source of fan frustration. You get the feeling that this is a confidence player who will now go on to show what he is really made of.
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