Michael Owen: Former Manchester United man Anderson could’ve been great

Michael Owen: Former Manchester United man Anderson could’ve been great

Michael Owen has claimed that former Manchester United man Anderson could’ve been a better player than he turned out to be.

The Englishman was at Old Trafford at the same time as the Brazilian but laments the lost of talent and explains what could’ve been.

Owen was at the latter stages of his career while the midfielder was pretty much beginning his and he was highly rated initially.

Anderson joined United from Porto for quite a hefty fee at the time and before leaving in 2015 under Louis van Gaal‘s management he was loaned out to Fiorentina.

Currently a free agent, it’s fair to say the former Premier League winner certainly could’ve had a better career path than what developed.

According to Manchester Evening News, Michael said to JOE: “Without being too general, he’d have that Brazilian attitude. He was a pretty relaxed guy, maybe too relaxed at times.

“He loved being out there with a ball at his feet but he did not bother about weights, or anything really. Him getting back from injuries was often a slow process.

“He was a really good player but if he had that driven mentality, he could have been great.”

Anderson’s proneness to injury didn’t help him after a bright start to his career with the Red Devils but perhaps it was as Michael Owen says his mentality that saw his downfall.

It’s a shame it didn’t work out for him at Old Trafford in the end as there were hopes he would enjoy the peak of his career with the club.

Manchester United could’ve certainly done with his presence and playmaking in midfield this season but unfortunately he’s no longer in his pomp.

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