Anderson’s name has been mentioned in the news a lot recently, first it began with news coming through about him being in a car crash and related stories, then lately with his return to action with the reserves. Last season was a forgettable one for him; it was basically a mixture of poor performance, bad attitude and hard luck.
Anderson arrived at Manchester United along with Nani in the summer of 2007, He arrived with the over exploited tagline- “next Ronaldinho”. It led to people expecting Ando to be a player he really wasn’t, he eventually settled in and had a pretty successful season first season. Anderson was played in a central midfield role and displayed his exceptional passing range and great runs with the ball. He also successfully shut out the likes of Gerrard and Fabregas out of games.
Unfortunately he was unable to build on his excellent first season; he was very inconsistent over the season and failed to live up to the buzz he had created after his first season at the club. The performance in the Champions League final summing up what was a disappointing season for Anderson.
Fast forward to last season, Anderson didn’t really show much improvement as struggled when asked to play in a two man midfield, leading to Sir Alex even trying him out on the wings occasionally, but without any success. Anderson then went on to get on Sir Alex’s bad side by allegedly flying home to Brazil without prior permission and then sulking once he returned, infuriating Sir Alex. Then on his first team return in February, he injured his knee and was ruled out for almost 6 months.
Anderson’s off field antics are believed to have hindered his development (in my opinion), and he has unfortunately come under a lot of criticism lately with people going to the extent of suggesting that he wouldn’t be included in the 25 man squad, but Sir Alex showed his faith in him by deciding to loan out Tom Cleverley and hence giving Ando a lifeline to salvage his career at Man United.
Anderson is easily one of the most talented players at the club and can easily become of the best in the world; he’s probably the best option to take over from Paul Scholes. On his day Anderson can match Scholes in his passing. If Anderson can do what Nani did last season, and work hard and focus on football, He can go a long way to accomplishing himself as a vital player to United.
This might be Anderson’s last chance to save his career at United, so he better grab this opportunity before it disappears. He has to be dreaming if he thinks Sir Alex will give him another chance to perform if he messes up again.
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