BRAZILIAN midfielder, Anderson, has publicly stated that he never got a fair chance at Manchester United following the appointment of new boss, David Moyes.
However, if the truth be told, the player, who has since commenced a loan period at Serie A side, Fiorentina, didn’t really float Sir Alex Ferguson’s boat either when the Scot held the reins at Old Trafford.
Interestingly, when one sifts through the statistics in relation to Anderson’s seven years with the ‘Red Devils,’ the fact that he started just 70 games, completing only 18 tells its own story.
Indeed, that particular statistic clearly shows a lack of consistency on the player’s part and, in all fairness, managers have their favourite players.
It would appear that the Brazilian certainly wasn’t one of Sir Alex’s favourites.
However, it really is amazing that after SEVEN YEARS at Old Trafford Anderson is just 25-years-old which suggests it’s yet another story of a player’s unfilled potential!
Anderson joined United as an exuberant left winger who looked to have the world at his feet upon leaving Portugal to join one of the world’s biggest football clubs.
And his initial performances illustrated this perfectly.
The season 2007/08 was clearly the highlight of Anderson’s United career in terms of first team starts - and not when, aged just 20, he was a European Champions League winner after United’s defeat of Chelsea in Moscow.
Since then, it’s been all downhill and despite United’s well documented midfield problems, he basically was never considered.
In addition, there have been constant rumours about his weight problems and his supposedly huge appetite, all of which if true, have done the player no favours whatsoever.
I also find it very strange that Ferguson presented him with another four year contract back in 2010.
But one must remember that the Brazilian was described as a “wonder kid” when he arrived from Porto in 2006.
He now gets a second bite at the cherry at Fiorentina.
However, somehow, I doubt if Anderson will ever become the player many good judges of the game (and, of course, at Manchester United), thought he would be!