We wouldn't say Nani was made a scapegoat for United's poor form early on in the season, but the fact he has been an unused substitute over the past five games for the club speaks for itself.
The Portuguese winger was recalled to the side against Bayer Leverkusen, possibly only because of injuries - and was determined to make an impression.
As always with Nani, not everything he tried came off, but he was able to polish off United's performance with a perfectly weighted chipped shot from a tight angle into a gaping goal in the closing stages of the match.
Lining up on the left wing, in his first appearance for over a month, Nani worked hard for the team - illustrated no more so than the fact he produced more interceptions (6) than any other player on the pitch.
He had three shots, scoring with his one on target, firing two earlier efforts in each half wide of the goal.
He created two goalscoring opportunities for teammates, and his three successful dribbles was a statistic which registers higher than any other Manchester United player on the night.
Shinji Kagawa will get much of the praise for his role in United's win, but Nani's was arguably more entertaining - with a touch of his frustrating self thrown in too for good measure.
United face Tottenham at the weekend, an opponent he scored his first ever goal for the club against. It would be quite easy to see Nani keeping his place in the side after this fixture.
Here is a selection of what fans had to say about him via Twitter:
Good to see Nani playing well again too, on his day he is fantastic as he showed today. Valencia looked BEAST tonight! #MUFC— Siamed Meho (@SiamedMehoAgent) November 28, 2013
You know it's been an easy nights work when Smalling & Nani end up on the scoresheet. #MUFC— Sameer (@sameer7) November 27, 2013
Nani could be the best player at United. If he played to his capability, consistently #MUFC— Obi wanker nobi (@MrTeaMUTID) November 27, 2013
Terrific performance today! Great football and finally played with some fluency! Really hope Nani and Kagawa kick on from here. #MUFC— Sujay Kulkarni (@RedDevilSujay) November 27, 2013
Even Nani played well! Couldn't criticise him tonight lets hope this continues from him! #MUFC— Tom Belger (@Belger91) November 27, 2013
Nani has played excellent! He's attacked well and actually got back and defended! And he's just scored a beauty! #MUFC— JoshuaRaspin (@JoshuaRaspin) November 27, 2013
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