Anderson injury news: Brazilian out for 2 months


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Manchester United’s Brazilian midfield Anderson is reportedly out for up to two months following conflicting reports that the midfield has picked up either a knee or hamstring injury in the 1-0 victory over Crawley Town at the weekend. Anderson suffered a serious injury at the start of 2010, when he damaged his cruciate ligaments in a league cup match against West Ham United at Old Trafford. United’s number eight has made 21 appearances for the club this season, scoring one goal against Valencia in the Champions League.

Anderson was substituted at half time against Crawley and it looks almost certain that the industrious Brazilian will be out until the end of April – a real blow for a player who missed so much of last season and, reportedly, fell out with the manager. Anderson’s performances are split between most Reds. Some see him as a skillful, competitive midfielder who can operate deep and burst forward with great acceleration. On the other hand, Anderson has only notched up two goals in his time at Old Trafford, although the most hardened of supporters will also point to a crucial penalty in the 2008 European Cup final. Rio Ferdinand and Ji Sung Park are also set to miss the match on Wednesday against Marseilles.

Anderson can still succeed at United

I still believe Anderson can make it as a top player at Manchester United, although he needs to start dominating games and being a little more clinical in front of goal. Of course being a midfielder isn’t all about scoring goals, however with Anderson’s movement – you would think he should be getting on the score sheet more often.

Since his return to the first team against Valencia away (did play a few minutes against Liverpool and also played in the League Cup against Scunthorpe United) he has looked extremely promising in some games and demonstrated why Sir Alex Ferguson parted with a reported £17million to secure him from Porto in 2007. This lead to him being awarded a new long-term contract with the club. With the absence of Anderson, United will inevitably turn to Michael Carrick to provide a bit of craft in the middle of the park, with Darron Gibson waiting in reserve. It may also force Ferguson to play a 4-4-2 much more than he’d like with Scholes who is unlikely to be able to play every game. I still believe Anderson has a lot to offer at United, despite is lack of goals and assist this term. Don’t ask me why, I just do.

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5 Comments on Anderson injury news: Brazilian out for 2 months

  1. I think he can succeed, these injuries aren’t going to help him though.

    While he might not have scored much, I have seen an improvement in his shooting ability since he returned. There’s been rumours his knee has been uncomfortable for a weeks now which might be the reason why he hasn’t been playing aswell as he was when he first came back.

  2. The guy is too injury prone. in fact we do not need a player who can’t go an entire season or at least three quarters of a season. lets face it he is a good player but we haven’t gotten much out of him. If we get Modrich and Rodwell or De Rossi next season then we surely can get a few millions out of this guy.

  3. I still believe this kid can do whatever he wants in football, but has had a stop start career with us partially through injuries and partially to do with attitude. He offers something that the other CM don’t in that he will carry the ball and maraud forward when space opens up. He always looks to pass the ball forwards and is not afraid to hold onto it under pressure and wait for an opening unlike Carrick & Gibson who will pass the ball backwards far too quickly & IMO put undue pressure on the defenders. He is aggresive with bags of pace but his stamina levels do need to improve. I think we will miss him while he was out as his allround ability makes him a perfect foil for Scholes, Fletcher, and Carrick. His mobility fits well in our 442 system where as we can look a little flat when we play with 2 from the other 4 Gibson Scholes & Carrick tend to sit a little deep and are static, Fletcher this year seems to do a lot of running around with very litle to show for it.

  4. another blow after park. all of the sudden the season doesn’t look so rosy anymore. yet again underinvestment is catching up.its schocking situation that back ups for nani and giggs is obertan and bebe :). but of course there r park and valencia injured. hope they come back soon

  5. Anderson is the only man utd midfielder who can drible the ball and provides good flow together with pace in the game.A Player like Scholes is good yes but i think he no longer has the energy to play big games like against Chelsea or many games,its time for him to retire and to be replaced.

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