Anderson: I need to get fit and lose weight

by Sam Peoples

Anderson is a player who has never lived up to his expectations so far at Manchester United but he has insisted that he is ready to turn his career around this season.

The 25-year-old has played less than 100 games for United in six injury stricken years where he has played 90 minutes less than 20 times.

But out on tour, Anderson played the most minutes out of the whole squad giving United fans hope that his fitness issues may be behind him.

Speaking to Andy Mitten for the Manchester Evening News, Anderson admitted his frustrations at his injury woes. He said: “It’s not just the fans who’ve been frustrated, I’ve been frustrated.

“I never asked to be injured, I don’t want to be injured. I want to play every week for Manchester United, I love being here.

“My first years here were good, then I got bad injuries. Last season I was doing good for six games, then I started to feel my knee. I felt the pain but I kept playing because I wanted to help my team, but then I had to stop playing. I felt like I was making a step forward and two back. Just when I think everything is fine I get an injury.”

One step forward and two steps back is exactly how fans felt. Up until his injury against Reading last year, Anderson was our most impressive midfielder but his traditional cycle of playing well before being struck down by injury returned once again.

But Anderson is now approaching his United career with a different mentality that is the reassurance fans needed that he may be able to turn a new leaf at Old Trafford.

“Ferguson helped me a lot,” he continued.

“He’s a great person, but a new manager means new mentality and I’m happy with that. Training is hard under Davi Moyes but that’s good for me.

“I need to train hard. I need to run and I’m feeling good, with power in my legs. I need to get fit and lose weight. I need to lose two more kilos to be at my best weight.

“I’m serious about doing well. Maybe I joked too much in the past, tried to be the Brazilian player who was always joking, but I was young too.

“Now I am more serious, I’ve started to eat properly, to sleep properly. I have to look after myself if I’m going to be at my best for Manchester.”

That is all United fans needed to hear. Anderson has always been the party boy and he certainly entertained but never seemed fussed about making the most of his time at United. Now, it sounds like he has had a change of mentality.

Fans don’t want Anderson to fail. When he was signed in 2007, he was hailed as the new Ronaldinho and he is still only 25, so he has the time to fulfill his potential and given United’s need for a creative midfielder, the opportunity is there for him to take.

And when asked whether he would  be happy if United signed Fabregas or another midfielder, Anderson said he would embrace the competition in the squad. He said: Good. More better players means a better squad.

“Manchester had a big squad, it’s one of the biggest in the world. We know that great players will arrive all the time and I want to be one of those great players.”

Anderson had been previously quoted as saying that he would like to return to Brazil but he quashed rumours that he isn’t happy in Manchester.

“I miss my children who are in Porto Alegre, but I’m happy being here with my three dogs Wes – from Wes Brown – Dani and Catarina. The fans are nice to me, I have friends here,” he said.

The Brazilian’s very honest admission that he has not taken his time at United seriously so far and that he is ready to become more professional is all fans needed to hear.

He has been linked with a move away but United can’t afford to sell a central midfielder when he don’t have many. Under David Moyes, Anderson has another chance at United and it sounds like he is ready to take it.

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