Man Utd manager David Moyes’ decision to tie winger Nani to the club until 2018 suggests the Portugal international is very much in his plans for the rest of the season.
The nippy winger was linked with a move to Italian giants Juventus over the summer after a 2012/13 campaign disrupted by injury and poor form saw him make just seven league starts for the eventual title winners, who are 4/1 to retain the trophy.
However, with Moyes missing out on attacking midfield targets Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera over the summer, the former Everton boss will now look to Nani to provide a creative spark in the final third, at least until the transfer window reopens in January.
Utd are renowned for the fantastic wingers that have graced Old Trafford.
Ryan Giggs, Andrei Kanchelskis, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have all flourished out wide during the Premier League era.
With this in mind, the champions have found themselves relatively light on the wings over the past couple of years.
Antonio Valencia’s Old Trafford career is stalling somewhat after a fine start and he was often used as a full-back by Sir Alex Ferguson, a role he filled recently under Moyes against Liverpool.
Ashley Young has not made the impact he was expected to make following his £17m move from Aston Villa two years ago, while Wilfried Zaha has yet to make an appearance in the top flight.
If Moyes can get Nani back in the kind of form on show during the 2010/11 campaign, he will have some player on his hands.
That season saw the former Sporting Lisbon man outstrip every other goal provider in the Premier League with 18 assists.
He also chipped in with a handsome tally of ten strikes in all competitions on the way to a PFA Young Player of the Year nomination.