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 Madrid at Old Trafford also cast an irritable shadow over his season, despite an encouraging return to form during Spring.
"If you play a lot of games you can play yourself into form and that's ideal," Nani explained in March, 2012. "When you're in and out with injuries, its more difficult."
Echoing the thoughts of many, before