Anderson’s six years of waste


There was a moment, somewhere around 15 minutes into Manchester United’s insipid performance against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, when Brazilian midfielder Anderson lofted a 50 yard pass forward. With space to turn on to his favoured left foot, and under no discernible pressure, the player had time to assess the situation before striking […]

Anderson illness puts United future in doubt


Brazilian Anderson has been struck down with a secret long-term illness according to sources close to United Rant, provoking new questions over the midfielder’s future at Old Trafford. Suffering another disappointing campaign, Anderson has been earmarked for a summer exit from Manchester United according to newspaper speculation in recent weeks, with Sir Alex Ferguson planning to […]

Anderson out, faces tough choices


Big-boned Manchester United midfielder Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira is set to miss at least five weeks of the Premier League run-in with a torn hamstring, confirmed manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday. The fresh injury, which adds to a growing list of malevolence suffered by the midfielder in his time at Old Trafford, comes barely […]

Anderson and on and on


Much criticised, yet often lauded, Brazilian midfielder Anderson has truly become Manchester United’s Marmite in four years at Old Trafford. The talent to fulfil every hope; the failure of sustained application to dash every aspiration. Anderson has reached his potential on so few occasions that many have come to believe, with some justification, that United […]

On occasion patience has no virtue

Darron Gibson, Manchester United

Of Sir Alex Ferguson’s many faults, lack of patience is not among them. The great Scot has, according to recent analysis, the most stable squad in European football, with players remaining at Old Trafford almost six years on average. That lengthy tenure is aided no doubt by Paul Scholes’, Ryan Giggs’ and Gary Neville’s longevity […]

Anderson inks deal; must now prove worth


Anderson signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract extension this week that will keep the Manchester United midfielder at Old Trafford until at least June 2015. It’s a remarkable turnaround for the 22-year-old midfielder who, many suspected, faced a bleak future at Old Trafford after injury and temperamental problems stunted his progress. The question is: can the […]

Rio returns to rally Reds

Rio Ferdinand completed 45 minutes in Manchester United Reserves’ 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic last night as the England captain returns from a knee injury sustained at the World Cup. Ferdinand, 31, played in a strong reserves outfit that also included the returning Anderson, Wes Brown and Federico Macheda. Reserves coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says […]

Anderson returns but in what shape?

Anderson is on the cusp of a return to the Manchester United team after recuperating in Portugal and – more prominently – the bars of Braga. The midfielder, who ruptured his left anterior cruciate ligament against West Ham United last season, has much to prove beyond his fitness though. The Brazilian’s place in the United […]

Anderson ruptures cruciate to end season

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira

Anderson, Manchester United’s 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder, has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. The player, who started against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, left the field in the 18th minute, with the club confirming the injury today. “I think I […]

Ando dumped in the reserves

Anderson, dumped in the reserve squad, would have played against Manchester City Thursday night had a frozen pitch not put paid to the game. The Brazilian, caught returning home without permission recently, has reportedly sought an exit from the club while United turned down loan January moves to Lyon and Paris Saint Germain. Midfielder Anderson, […]