Manchester United flop Anderson aims a dig at Steven Gerrard

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When Manchester United fans name the worst players to ever wear the famous red shirt, Anderson’s name will quickly crop up.

The Brazilian was once touted as a future world-beater. World Soccer magazine named him in their list of the ‘Top 50 Most Exciting Teenage Footballers’ in 2007, and FIFA fell for the hype a year later by giving him the Golden Boy award.

So when Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Old Trafford in 2007, there was no doubt several fans out there who thought he would be the perfect replacement for Roy Keane, who left in late 2005.

It quickly transpired that Man United hadn’t signed one of the most promising players in Europe, but in fact they’d paid for a dud.

Supporters will remember his impressive performance against Liverpool in December 2007 but that was about as good as it got. He left the club in 2015 after seven-and-a-half forgetful years in Manchester.

Well, on the surface they were forgetful. Anderson never reached the level many thought he would and at the age of 28 - which many deem to be the prime years - he’s currently playing for Internacional.

But the former Porto man prefers to see the positives. In an interview with ESPN Brasil, he reflected fondly on his time as a Red Devils, referencing the trophies he won and the welcoming teammates he shared a dressing room with.

Anderson trolls Steven Gerrard. Really.

Quite oddly, Anderson even managed to take a sly dig at Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard while he reflected on his own career.

“I won everything at the club,” he said, via the Manchester Evening News.

“I won four Premier Leagues. A player like Gerrard, who like, played for Liverpool, a player who has history in world football, didn’t win one. And I achieve four playing for the club.

“I was world champion at the club. I was Champions League champion. I played three Champions League finals for the club.

“When I arrived at the club, all the players embraced me. They always joked with everyone. The guys there are very nice. To this day, I’m passionate for that club. It’s the number one in the world for me."

It's tragic to think that Anderson, who was ridiculed by his own fans for being overrated, has four Premier League winners' medals while Gerrard has none. 

Anderson: I'm proud of myself

Instead of being disappointed by his failed United career, he’s simply pleased to have been given the opportunity.

"Despite being 28 and still being young, I’m proud of myself," he added. "I’m proud of the people who helped me to get to this dream, to this objective. And I only have to thank that club.

"My transfer to Manchester was that dream where a boy from Ruben Berta was growing in the world, in life. A poor boy, just like most of the Brazilian players who come from below to get up there. It was becoming not only my dream but a dream for my entire family.

"Our team, I think in that time, it had Cristiano Ronaldo, Tevez, Rooney, Nani, Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Scholes, Carrick, Ferdinand, Evra… they are players who practically already had a name in football.

"So Ferguson got to me and said I should have much patience, that I wouldn’t play in my first year, I would adapt myself to English football, because it’s very hard football to play, as few Brazilians had played there."

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