Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha—known to his adoring fans and detractors alike as Nani—has, over the last 15 months, established himself as one of the best wingers in European football.
Bought from Sporting Lisbon in June of 2007, Nani arrived with a lot of hype and a hefty price tag, and for a number of seasons struggled to establish himself at United as he often found it hard to hold down a position in the team.
With the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2009, United became more team-orientated, and Nani began to play a bigger role in the attack, playing on the left wing while Antonio Valencia played on the right.
Nani showed an improvement in his game in 2009-2010, but was still frustratingly inconsistent. An unfortunate injury to Valencia opened up the right wing position last season, and Nani grabbed it with both hands and made it his own.
He showcased, on a regular basis, the ability he had shown in flashes prior to then. He was arguably the best player in the Premier League from August to February of the 2010-2011 season and has been impressive again this year.
As United looks to continue its success over the coming years, the Portuguese star is sure to play an important role. Nani has scored some spectacular goals during his time at the Old Trafford club, and I thought I'd take a look at them and highlight 10 of the best. Just to note, these are in no particular order.
If you think I've missed out on any that deserve to be included, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.