Make Or Break Season For Anderson?


By [email protected]!t.

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira or just Anderson might be one of the most talented footballers in the world but he’s also one of those who have not fulfilled their vast potential yet. Last week saw him linked with a move away from Old Trafford. This got me thinking of how Anderson, once known as “the next Ronaldinho”, an unjust label actually considering their vastly different playing styles, is now considered as a failure at Manchester United.

Anderson joined Man United along with Portuguese winger Nani. Their move to United generated a lot of excitement among the fans as we were supposedly getting the next “Cristiano Ronaldo” and “Ronaldinho”. The first season saw both players impressing everyone with some great displays. Anderson was soon being considered the replacement for United legend Scholes, looking the perfect candidate to take over when he retired. The second season however was a big letdown for him as he was sparingly used due to inconsistent form. Still, Sir Alex showed how highly he rated Anderson by selecting him to start against Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final, but he struggled on the night, along with every other United player as the team under performed throughout the game.

A lot was expected from Anderson at the start of 2009/10 season. He started well, scoring his first goal in a 3-1 win over Tottenham, but then things soon went downhill from there, reportedly flying off to Brazil without the club’s permission and then falling out with Sir Alex. Anderson made his return to the first team in the game against West Ham on 23rd February, he was performing well until he suffered an injury in the 20th minute and was replaced. Later it was revealed Anderson had ruptured the cruciate ligament in his knee and would miss the remainder of the season.

Anderson’s better performances have come when asked to play as an attacking midfielder in a three man midfield. When selected in this role Anderson has shown ability to make great runs with ball at feet, brilliant passing, tracking back opposition midfielders and closing them down efficiently, also displaying his pace and agility at times. Anderson’s inability to adapt to a 2 man Midfield has been his downfall so far. To say Anderson is no good is a stupid and unjust statement, he single handily kept Steven Gerrard and Fabregas quiet in games. This illustrates his potential but he seems to be missing the right attitude and desire. Next season we may see Anderson repeat the same form Nani showed during the second half of 2009/10 season – show his true talents and become a key player for the team.

What next season holds in store for Anderson, I can’t say, but hoping he stays with us for another season and proves why he was once the most highly rated youngster in the world. Next season is surely the make or break season for Anderson, as he must give his all if he wants to rebuild his United career and once more become the ideal candidate to take over from Scholes!

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  1. mmmm anderson, its a funny one really. Don’t think he is going cos his injured. Great player needs to score more goals. Looks like United have rejected a move for Joe Cole. Could this mean david silva is coming after all and is reason why Valencia want Hernandez on loan? Could United have had a look at him during world cup and have been impressed. So United say you can him on loan and we david silva for 20 million.

  2. FergieKanjar on

    I think there is a typing error in your article…the section “as he was sparingly used due to inconsistent form” should read “his inconsistent form was because he was sparingly used”.

    I strongly believe that his and Nani’s inconsistent forms were the fault of SAF as he consistently preferred Scholes and Giggs over them. Though great servant and legends of the club they are past their best and at times are quite poor.

    The younguns in the Utd must be given more of a chance before being dumped like Tosic has been and as Nani almost was!

    The shocking thing for me is that fergie who defied the odds to achieve success through youth is now obsessed with the word “experience”. Com on Fergie trust the young blood again!

    Also, as a general point Fergie has shown no consistency over his selection as Utd have not played the same team twice for more than 2 years which is bizarre to say the least. How does anyone display consistent form if they are always in and out of the team???

  3. I think Anderson should leave. Not sure he has what it takes to make it at the highest level without a massive kick up his arse. Lazy at times like carrick, and incredibly cocky. I just think that he will only develop his game when United sell him to Inter etc as he will realise that he has to in order to play for Brazil. If we keep him, he will carry on as he is. I would rather we looked elsewhere for someone with the right attitude, a young scholes, or a young milner etc. For all his potential he is less productive than Park and Gibson who at least score. Cleverley, for me, is ahead of him too next season.

    I accept that Nani has developed late last season (we will truly see how much next season), however, I don’t think we can compare the players. Nani is similar to Forlan; never stopped trying, gave 100% even if things never worked out. The right United attitude was always there. Anderson is more more like Ronaldinho, Elano + Robinho – he plays when he can be bothered. We don’t have the room to keep such a luxury especially when he isn’t a world class player “on his day”. Talent must grow and transform. Nani’s has developed into brilliance, Anderson’s hasn’t. He should leave.

  4. @FergieKanjar
    The reason Anderson never gets a chacne is well his attitude, take Gibson as a prime example of what patience and hard work can get you as a reward from Fergie, currently ahead of Carrick, makes him our 3rd choice CM! Now if Anderson has the same attitude and work ethic, i think he’d be leading the Brazilian midfield in the World Cup now. Talent isn’t everything. producing something with it is.

    Agree with Mark, Cleverley one to watch out for sure coming season.

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