But the winger would not stop there, though. His close control, tight turning circle and acute spatial awareness were sharper than ever during his fifth season in M16 and few defenders could get anywhere near him - on either flank.
Seemingly, the arrival of summer signing Ashley Young brought out his best and his deadly attacking form would help the Portugal starlet land a nomination for the 2011 Ballon d'Or award.
Frustratingly, a reckless challenge from Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny during January’s win at the Emirates Stadium prompted five weeks on the touchline, only returning for the campaign's ultimately disappoiting climax before representing Portugal at Euro 2012.
Injury continued to wreak havoc the next season. After an encouraging start, in November, Nani suffered a hamstring strain against Braga in the UEFA Champions League that would continue to pester the rest of his campaign. And for the first time since the 2008/09 term, he played in less than half of United's fixtures.
As fans wil undoubtedly remember, his controversial dismissal during the second leg defeat to Real