Manchester United forgot about Wayne Rooney for 90 minutes as they recorded an unspectacular Champions League victory over Bursaspor.
Nani's stunning winner went some way to cushioning the shockwaves that were still reverberating around Old Trafford after Rooney confirmed his desire to leave and accused United of lacking ambition in a stunning statement delivered two hours before kick-off.
Whether United lack ambition or not, they are now in control of Group C and will travel to Bursaspor for the return fixture in less than a fortnight knowing that victory will leave them on the brink of a last-16 place.
And Rooney's potential departure did not appear to affect his team-mates as a youthful line-up just about did enough to deserve victory over their Turkish visitors.
It was not a classic but that did not matter. After the high-profile hammering United boss Sir Alex Ferguson felt his club had been dealt by England's star player, a low-key victory was more than acceptable.
And perhaps Ferguson deliberately made a point by including the likes of Tomasz Kuszczak, Chris Smalling, Rafael and Federico Macheda.
It did not take long for United to take the lead - and it came courtesy of a stunning solo effort from Nani, who cut in from the right and hit a sweet 20-yard curling shot past the despairing Dimitar Ivankov.
There was a hint of "I told you so" about the quality of the strike and Nani's reaction was almost as if to say that United's more recent recruits do have the quality to keep the club at or near the top of European football.
Bursaspor created a moment of danger when Sercan Yildirim broke down the left and slipped the ball past the covering Smalling but there was nobody in the six-yard box to convert it into a real chance.
The Turks - cheered on by a vociferous contingent of visiting fans - almost found themselves 2-0 behind when Nemanja Vidic, who moments earlier had produced the pass of the match down the left, headed a corner wide when he should have hit the target.
Rafael was called into action moments later when the Green Crocodiles broke through the middle with Ali Tandogan but the young Brazilian right-back showed pace and agility to clear his lines under pressure.
Indeed, United appeared content to play a high game, with their backline pushing up towards the halfway line at every opportunity. That, despite the defensive frailties that have cost them dearly in the Premier League in recent games.
For all their considerable possession, the Red Devils failed to create another clear-cut chance before the interval as the first period petered out after such a sparkling opening.
The second half failed to ignite as neither team were able to fully stamp any authority on proceedings, although United, with Evra pressing down the left, looked the more likely.
Chances were at a premium, with Bursaspor failing to trouble a sound-looking United defence in which Smalling more than held his own.
Substitute Gabriel Obertan should have doubled United's advantage late on but his header from a corner fell wide, while Javier Hernandez was also guilty of lacking the killer instinct when he dragged a shot wide when ideally placed to score.
In the end, Nani's early strike proved enough but United will face far sterner tests in their pursuit of the Champions League trophy this season - and quite possibly without a certain 24-year-old.
In the meantime, United fans - and those at other top clubs both across the city of Manchester and further afield - will await the next chapter of this saga with interest.
90:00+3:28 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+3:15 Gustav Svensson takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
90:00+2:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Volkan Sen by Patrice Evra. Free kick crossed by Gokcek Wederson, Nemanja Vidic
makes a clearance.
90:00+1:53 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Omer Erdogan makes a clearance.
90:00+1:31 Turgay Bahadir handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.
90:00+1:01 Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
90:00+0:16 Gustav Svensson takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
89:35 The referee blows for offside against Federico Macheda. Gokcek Wederson takes the free kick.
87:31 Centre by Volkan Sen, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
86:21 Effort from deep inside the area by Javier Hernandez misses to the left of the goal.
85:11 The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra.
84:24 Volkan Sen produces a cross, Patrice Evra gets a block in.
83:25 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Dimitar Ivankov.
81:58 Gabriel Obertan produces a cross, blocked by Ozan Ipek. Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near
post, Close range headed effort by Gabriel Obertan misses to the right of the target.
81:44 A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Ozan Ipek.
80:07 The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Ibrahim Ozturk gets a block in.
79:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Ibrahim Ozturk restarts play with the free kick.
76:56 Substitution Javier Hernandez is brought on as a substitute for Oliveira Anderson.
75:28 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, save by Dimitar Ivankov.
73:30 Mustafa Keceli concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Luis Nani fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
71:20 Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Dimitar Ivankov.
70:11 Substitution Gabriel Obertan replaces Ji-Sung Park.
70:11 Substitution Ali Tandogan leaves the field to be replaced by Mustafa Keceli.
69:31 The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Gustav Svensson gets a block in.
64:54 The ball is swung over by Ivan Ergic, Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
63:42 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Ibrahim Ozturk manages to make a clearance.
62:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ali Tandogan on Patrice Evra. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.
62:57 Booking Ali Tandogan receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
60:15 Centre by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Ibrahim Ozturk.
58:57 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save by Dimitar Ivankov.
58:42 Luis Nani takes a shot. Ibrahim Ozturk gets a block in.
57:48 Rafael Da Silva fouled by Ozan Ipek, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Fletcher takes the free kick.
56:28 Rafael Da Silva challenges Ozan Ipek unfairly and gives away a free kick. Federico Insua takes the free kick.
Correction - 54:26 Ji-Sung Park fouled by Gustav Svensson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
54:26 Foul by Gustav Svensson on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
50:33 Ali Tandogan concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
49:33 Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Volkan Sen. Ali Tandogan crosses the ball in from the free
kick, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
47:53 Foul by Luis Nani on Gokcek Wederson, free kick awarded. Ibrahim Ozturk takes the direct free kick.
46:44 Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line, comfortable save by Dimitar Ivankov.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Ibrahim Ozturk is brought on as a substitute for Milan Stepanov.
45:01 Substitution Turgay Bahadir joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sercan Yildirim.
45:00+1:14 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+0:56 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, save made by Dimitar Ivankov.
45:00+0:41 A cross is delivered by Volkan Sen, blocked by Patrice Evra.
43:12 Unfair challenge on Omer Erdogan by Federico Macheda results in a free kick. Milan Stepanov takes the free kick.
42:24 Foul by Volkan Sen on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
40:24 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Gokcek Wederson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luis
Nani, Milan Stepanov makes a clearance.
39:52 Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, clearance by Gokcek Wederson.
39:21 Booking Luis Nani is given a yellow card.
39:03 Booking Ozan Ipek shown a yellow card.
37:58 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dimitar Ivankov.
37:47 Patrice Evra sends in a cross, clearance by Ozan Ipek.
36:30 Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line, Milan Stepanov manages to make a clearance.
35:52 Ali Tandogan has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
35:03 Unfair challenge on Federico Insua by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Gokcek Wederson takes the free kick.
33:31 Federico Macheda concedes a free kick for a foul on Milan Stepanov. Direct free kick taken by Ali Tandogan.
32:04 Michael Carrick takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
28:30 Patrice Evra crosses the ball, Milan Stepanov gets a block in. Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, Close range
header by Nemanja Vidic misses to the right of the target.
23:43 Ozan Ipek concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani from right wing,
Milan Stepanov makes a clearance.
21:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Gokcek Wederson. Luis Nani takes the free kick.
20:33 Outswinging corner taken by Ali Tandogan from the right by-line, Luis Nani makes a clearance.
17:31 A cross is delivered by Sercan Yildirim, comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
16:48 Unfair challenge on Gustav Svensson by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Gustav Svensson takes the free kick.
14:46 Shot from outside the penalty box by Ji-Sung Park goes wide right of the goal.
14:39 The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, Ali Tandogan gets a block in.
12:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Volkan Sen by Patrice Evra. Ali Tandogan crosses the ball in from the free kick,
Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.
11:18 Ozan Ipek is caught offside. Oliveira Anderson takes the indirect free kick.
10:27 Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Volkan Sen. Ali Tandogan restarts play with the free kick.
8:39 A cross is delivered by Oliveira Anderson.
7:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ivan Ergic on Ji-Sung Park. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.
6:38 Assist on the goal came from Darren Fletcher.
6:38 GOAL - Luis Nani:Man Utd 1 - 0 Bursaspor A goal is scored by Luis Nani from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Bursaspor.
6:01 Centre by Patrice Evra, blocked by Gustav Svensson.
5:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Ergic by Ji-Sung Park. Free kick taken by Omer Erdogan.
4:28 Gokcek Wederson takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
3:17 Federico Macheda takes a shot. Dimitar Ivankov makes a save.
1:38 Patrice Evra crosses the ball, Ali Tandogan gets a block in.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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