The 25-year old has stepped into the position which was vacated by fellow Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo a few years ago and is beginning to provide a similar impact as Ferguson pointed out this evening.
"Nani has always had potential," he said. "Some of those who come to our club from abroad do it quickly, others gradually grow into it. Nani is one of those.
"Even Cristiano took two or three years to get the maturity in his game.
"That is what we are seeing with Nani now.
"The goals have been fine but his assists are very high. He is progressing really well."