Since his arrival at Manchester United in the summer of 2007,Brazillian born Anderson has largely flattered to deceive at the Theatre of Dreams, failing to repay the estimated £20 million that was paid for him.
Following a productive first season at Old Trafford, containing many high quality performances against the likes of Arsenal, in which the midfielder seemed to be well capable of handling the likes of Cesc Fabregas, the prospects of Anderson seemed to have spiralled into a steady decline since 2009, having failed to make an impact in his second season.
This was worsened by horrific knee injury in January 2010, which threatened to end his United career altogether.
One of the main questions which have arisen with the Anderson issue is where exactly can he fit into the United team? He needs to establish a regular role within the club’s formation. His poor goals return his 5 years would suggest his ideal role is not as an attacking midfielder, although he has not established a reputation as a tough tackling defensive midfielder either.
However, in the early parts of this season Anderson has shown that there may be signs of life in his stint at the home of the Red Devils, with some impressive performances. This included a game changing contribution off the bench at home to QPR recently. Although it remains unclear whether or not Anderson will finally fulfil his undoubted potential this year, a few more impressive performances will surely see him claim a more regular place in the starting line up in a Manchester United midfield which has been susceptible at times this season.
Written by : Lorcan Delaney
It remains to be seen if he has the ability to become an essential all round driving force for the club, in the same way Darren Fletcher was before his health problems. It is certainly an area Manchester United need to strengthen if they are to claim back their Premier League title from their arch rivals City this season.