Manchester United flop Anderson had to be taken off during a Copa Libertadores tie between new club Internacional and The Strongest after just 36 minutes last night, before being handed an oxygen mask to help with his breathing.
As relayed by the Daily Mail the Brazilian midfielder, who last month finally left Old Trafford for good in order to return to his home nation, found it impossible to handle the high-altitude the fixture in question was being played at, and struggled to even make it to the touchline to come off.
What will certainly count against him is the fact that he’s had long-running question marks standing over his fitness, with his days at United marred by claims that he was never in good physical condition.
Ex-Red Devil Gary Neville suggested only at the beginning of this month that his former teammate was ‘never fit enough’ to succeed in the Premier League, and so he’ll find little solace despite the fact the match at La Paz - last night - was played at 3500m above sea level.
Out of his comfort zone
It can only be assumed that due to the fact he’s spent the last nine years of his life living and playing in Europe Anderson has become accustomed to a completely different altitude level, thus he was adversely affected at La Paz - a city wherein it is commonplace for altitude sickness to strike.
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Netherless that excuse will hardly fight his corner with regards to how well he’s settled in at Internacional, with United fans already having been given reason to celebrate his departure. The 26-year-old made his debut as a second-half substitute against Brazilian giants Cruzeiro, only to miss a pivotal penalty. To make matters worse the match against The Strongest resulted in a 3-1 loss.
Is he to blame?
On this occasion we’re willing to give Anderson the benefit of the doubt concerning his latest dose of misfortune. There’s not really much he could have been expected to do differently when tasked with playing well out of his natural comfort zone, and though the argument will inevitably always swing towards his poor history of fitness, it’s fair to claim this would fall into the category of isolated incident.
That’s not to say it’s not extremely disappointing to see him waste the potential Sir Alex Ferguson obviously believed he had. When he was purchased from FC Porto United fans thought they had their next midfield lynchpin. What they’d really acquired was a precursor to Bebe.
United fans, do you think Anderson will ever grow into the player Sir Alex thought he could become? Let us know in the comments box below...