Manchester United midfielder Anderson admits he may have pushed himself to return from injury too quickly in the past, and the Brazil international insists he's learned his lesson.

Anderson has been plagued by injury problems since his £18m switch from Porto in 2007, but the former-Gremio playmaker has revealed he's willing to be patient and wait for his chance in the Manchester United first-team this time around.

The Brazil international has eight caps for his country, but none since 2008 - a demonstration of just how fragmented the Manchester United number eight's career has become over the last few years.

The former-Gremio star received assurances earlier this month from Sir Alex Ferguson that he's still in the United manager's first-team plans - something the Brazilian was anxious to hear.

"It feels good to hear that," Anderson told United review. "I believe in myself and it's nice to hear the boss say things like that. It's been one game here and one game there and a bit up and down, but my aim is to just keep progressing and to play consistently."

The midfielder is convinced that if he gets his fitness right, he'll get opportunities in the Manchester United first-team.

At the moment, the former-Porto star has Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in front of him at Old Trafford.

But if Anderson lives up to his full potential, he has the ability to force his way into the team, and the Brazil international is determined to stay fit after countless injury complaints to prove it to the United supporters.

"In the past I might have had the odd niggle but just wanted to keep on playing," said Anderson.

"Eventually, though, that caught up with me. I understand now that if I'm not 100 per cent fit then I have to wait because I will still get opportunities."

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