The Portugal winger's outstanding recent form has helped Manchester United exert some real pressure on Barclays Premier League title rivals Chelsea recently.
But Nani blotted his copybook in a big way during Wednesday night's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, leaping into a tackle with Stiliyan Petrov after just half an hour.
Seeing red: Nani will now miss the Carling Cup Final after his dismissal at Villa
Referee Peter Walton immediately brandished the red card, meaning an automaticthree-match ban that includes the Wembley showpiece with Villa on February 28.
'It was a sending off,' said the United boss of his side's sixth dismissal of the season.
Aston Villa 1 Man Utd 1: Rooney can't work miracles after Nani horror showThe story behind the Manchester United protests: Good old days that unite army of fansRooney's business manager Stretford: I didn't need a deal with WayneMANCHESTER UNITED FC