Ever since Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira signed for Manchester United from Portuguese club Porto, he has failed to live up to his reputation as one of the most creative midfielders in the world.

When Anderson joined the Premier League champions in 2007, he took the number eight shirt, suggesting the 25-year-old would be a regular in the first team.

But a lack of consistency has led to Anderson spending the majority of his Man Utd career on the Old Trafford bench, which is quite sad considering the potential he has to be a great at the club.

Sir Alex Ferguson mainly restricted Anderson to cup games, but new manager David Moyes seems to be a fan and has let Anderson play a big part in pre-season so far, in which he has impressed massively.

He recently came on against Wigan in the Community shield and looked at home in the midfield, something that has been rare in his Red Devils career due to lack of first-team

With 154 appearances to his name at Manchester United, Anderson could look forward to a big season in the first team. When he has played, he has impressed and made an impact. In last season's 5-4 Capital One Cup loss to rivals Chelsea, Anderson was one of Manchester United's only positives, earning the man of the match award after the game.

And the Brazilian, whose honours at Manchester United include four Premier League titles and one Champions League medal in his six-year stay at the club, has scored seven goals for the Reds, leading to eight appearances for the Brazilian national team.

Compared to the other players in his position at the club, Anderson can definitely gain a first-team place with strong performances this year under David Moyes.

The likes of Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs are no match for Anderson when he is at the top of his game. His passing of the ball and his creativity are second to none; only Shinji Kagawa can match him in the playmaker role at Man Utd.

If he can overcome his inconsistency, Anderson has potential to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and maybe one day, the world.

Still only 25, he will currently be focused on gaining a first-team place under new
manager Moyes. 

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