PICTURE: Anderson has mastered the art of deception

by Tom Parker

Anderson via Instagram (@Andowlove)

Anderson’s always been a character in and around Old Trafford. The fun loving Brazilian might split opinion between the fans but you can’t help but smile when you see his “free-kick technique” – the ultimate stare down.

“[I do it] to try to make them laugh. And that moment, that’s hopefully when our player scores – like Rooney did against Arsenal. It’s something I thought of doing for a bit of fun, and it’s worked a few times.” Anderson

Last night, Anderson uploaded a photo of his latest stare down from the Sunderland game when he faced off against Mignolet. His art of deception might not have worked on the day but it has had it’s certainly been successful in the past. Szczesny was caught out twice in Arsenal’s 8-2 humiliation at Old Trafford last year.

And it’s not just Anderson who does it.


Sadly though, Anderson’s assistance from set-pieces is unlikely to secure his future at the club beyond the summer. Forever a perennial injury victim and thwarted by sub-par fitness levels, Anderson has never had a long run in the first team. And he has always struggled with the fact that Ferguson forced him to change from an attacking midfielder with flair to a defensive minded midfielder – something that has always stopped him from fully expressing himself.

Fans have always been torn by Anderson. Some believe the former Porto man could one day consistently show the form of his early United career, where he earned plaudits for superb displays against Cesc Fabregas and Steven Gerrard, who were considered the best in the Premier League at the time. Others feel the time is right to cash in on the Brazilian.

It does seem to be a case of one step forwards and two steps back for him and with Anderson desperate for a recall to the national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup in his homeland, and United desperate to freshen up the midfield, a move this summer might be the best for both parties.

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1 comment

Tj 03/31/2013 - 19:46

Big fan of Ando but have a feeling his gonna leave in the summer I remember wht he and Hargreaves did to Fabregas and Gerrard one of the best central mid performances I have ever seen. One feels that he needs to stick to defensive mid and get a gud run of games but all this is made near impossible by constant injuries and squad rotation coupled with the emergence of Phil Jones as a defensive mid . I believed this season was last chance saloon for. him and had a feeling the manager had the same view whn he picked him for a few games at the beginning of season to prove himself but injuries put a halt to his good form.


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