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.