Manchester United midfielder Anderson is underrated
Manchester United opinion: Four reasons why Anderson still has a future at Old Trafford
Anderson has endured a frustrating time at Manchester United to say the least, but he does not deserve such harsh criticism.
I am not disputing that he has failed to live up to what was expected of him after making a big-money from FC Porto to United aged just 18.
However, there are some valid reasons for this: he has been hit with a string of serious injuries that have ruled him out for long periods of time, meaning he hasn't been able to get extended runs in the side. Also, there are other hugely-experienced and talented players in his position that have made it even harder for him to break into the midfield after recovering from injury, with the likes of Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick all getting look-ins and performing when the Brazilian has been out of action.
One reason I think he still has a future at Old Trafford, though, is because he is still young and has time to make a real breakthrough in Sir Alex Ferguson's team as he's only 24 years old.
Here are the reasons I believe he has what it takes to succeed as a Red Devil:
Anderson is a strong, pacy character and his physical ability draws comparisons to that of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, who we've seen flourish in the Premier League due to his powerful surges through the park. So why can't the stocky Brazilian do it, too? His brute strength could be just what Sir Alex Ferguson's men need in terms of controlling the midfield dynamic.
This is where we can tell he's Brazilian. Bringing the renowned South American touch to the United midfield, Anderson can dribble past any opponent he comes up against with style and ease. Furthermore, I have seen him play some key passes this season that not many players are capable of.
With the emergence of Tom Cleverley as a brilliant attacking midfield prospect, he may not get as many chances in behind the strikers. However, it is no secret that the Reds have lacked someone who can anchor the midfield for the last few years, and this is where Anderson comes into the fray.
Going back to both the similarities between him and Toure - and his undoubted technique - if he was utilised in this role he could become one of the best players at protecting the defence. He is tough-tackling, and when he gets the ball he can surge forward with it to play in team-mates. If anything were to happen to Cleverley, then Anderson is capable of tucking in behind the forwards, and also has an eye for goal as well as creativity in his locker.
A hard-working box-to-box player, his stamina is one of his best traits. He has the ability to break down the opponents attacks and burst up to the other end within a matter of seconds, and can continuously do this throughout the 90 minutes. This is essential in his position, because if his team needs a goal, he can be relied on to consistently form part of a counter-attack in the dying minutes of a match.
Of course, this is how I feel he can and should be used, but ultimately the decision is down to Ferguson himself. I also think that the United boss recognises the 24-year-old's talent, and is not prepared to give up on him just yet, so I for one will not be surprised to see him become an important player at United in the coming years.
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