Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by SATA, Nov 5, 2017.
Never seem to fulfill his potential but actually been at the club for eight years
Premier League (4): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
League Cup (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
FA Community Shield (2): 2011, 2013
UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
He won all those while being shit. An achievement within itself
We wont see a team like that again.
Anderson was good for us - gave us some energy and took the ball forward in a different way to the likes of Carrick & Scholes who played a more passing game. A very important player in my books because he gave us something different in that midfield & played some big games for us because we needed that energy in the middle of the park sometimes.
Was he really faster than Ronaldo with the ball? Seems to hold himself in quite high regard during that and I don’t remember him being a particularly talented player despite all the promise and potential early on.
Would easily cost £500m+ to replicate that full team now. Perhaps more.
To buy a prime version of each player? A damn sight more.
This was my view of him. I remember him stabilising our midfield after Porto outplayed us in the 1st leg at old Trafford. Adding Anderson to that midfield brought balance and stability as we went past Porto then Arsenal. His best games were better than Carrick's best games actually. Carrick just had a higher base/consistency
He was lightning! I still remember the way an expert on South American football described him: «the acceleration of the Millennium Falcon».
Still remember him and Cleverly starting the 11-12 season in midfield, rampaging through the gears, only for the latter to get injured, and derailing what seemed so ridiculously promising at the time.
Just at a point in time. It would be unfair to have a prime version of each all at once, although it probably wasn’t miles off.
Never picked that up from watching him. Fair play.
He speaks so highly of Nani, another player who probably could have reached the next level perhaps?
Nani could definitely have been world class with a better head on his shoulders
The 2007/08 versions of each of them would be insanely expensive in the current market.
Ronaldo would be nearly half that amount
On his day could be 'unplayable' for at least half the game... trouble is in eight years you can count on one hand (less than one hand) when those games occurred.
Best game ever, FA Cup 4th round at OT we beat Arsenal 4-1 and he... "s**t on Fabregas"
Obviously, he had the talent to be top level footballer,.too bad he was injury-prone. It takes a lot of dedication from a professional player to be fit, confident, sharp and ready-to-play, week after week. But, It takes hell a lot more from a player who has just recovered from injury, to return to full fitness, sharpness,.etc. Anderson had the chances, but, at the end of the day, he just faded away.
Seems like a decent guy and has pleasant memories about his time here.
There are some cases of players being bitter about not really succeeding (or lets say not living up to his potential - his trophy case is quite impressive) and shittalk their former teammates e.g. Diouf.
I liked him, very good player for us at times.
He was largely pretty fecking shite.
Had the talents, fun personality but didn't have the work ethic, I think. A shame really, where he could really play at CM, even in midfield two, with Cleverley of all people.
He loved attacking the space.
Was worth the fee just for the champions league final penalty.
This is what I meant - our best midfielders from Scholes to Carrick to Hargreaves tended to sit back & anderson was good at running in to space. He may not have been Ronaldinho but he was important in more than enough games to not to dismiss him as being sh*th.
He was a shite professional.
Probably wasn't the hardest working of our players but I think his main problem was just an insanely low level of natural fitness. Wasn't there a story about how when he did his medical at the club the medical staff had to run the lung capacity test twice because they couldn't believe an otherwise fit young footballer could score so low?
Likeable lad with some great performances for us, especially his first year or two, but ultimately couldn't play 90 mins, and couldn't stay fit for more than a few months at a time.
the most I remember about him is his comical face to szczesny when we crushed Arsenal 8-2.
Still grates me we didn't win the treble that season. You look at our team now compared to that one, or even compare the squads and we're so far behind that one it's painful to think about.
Hard to argue with this. To me he was very talented but didnt apply the effort needed. Then he discovered baking.
yep..he was shitting it
Will always remember the job he did on Gerrard Vs Liverpool at Anfield in the 07/08 season.
One the more under rated performances of recent times.
They're just mates.
His performance for Porto as an 18 year old for Porto in the Champions League prior to joining us still gives me goosebumps.
That Portsmouth game was rubbish. We completely got robbed.
He bossed the midfield against Fabregas and Gerrard in our games against Arsenal and Liverpool. Very difficult for him to be tackled and to lose the ball. Very good vision and a very good left foot. He was unlucky with his goal scoring and was involved in a lot of brilliant passes too. He was the one who made that pass to Berbatov for his now famous trick.
He was the player who lobbed over the heads of Arsenal defence for Welbeck to start that goal route. He was originally an attacking midfield player who was touted to be the next Ronaldhinio when he got inured and then when he came to United Fergie tried to turn him into a defensive midfield player and he lost his form. He never was a defensive midfield player but he played in extremely important matches for us and won a lot too.
If an AM can't score goals, the best he could hope for us is to be turned into a deeper midfielder. His other option is to be dropped.
Great debut season; some flashes of brilliance now and then in later seasons but couldn't maintain any consistency or fitness. Still shocked he managed to stick around for so long.
Man, that was the greatest team we ever had. The team was like a complete family with the father SAF in charge
Yes, never reached those heights again with us. At the time he was seen as one of the best talents in the world ! Top 5 easily.
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