Anderson scored a great freekick against Boca Juniors in the Audi Cup this summer and scored a goal for the Reserves last week, but yesterday he bagged his first competative goal for Manchester United at the start of his third season for the club. Whilst it became a standing joke amongst the fans and players, Anderson was quick to remind people of a vital goal he did score for us in Moscow!
In March 2008 Anderson confessed he had been praying for goals and already had his celebration planned. We got to see that celebration yesterday but Giggs’ says his teammates weren’t impressed.
“He’s had a bit of stick about his celebration,” said Giggs. “But we’re all pleased. His performances have been really good since he’s come to the club. He’s a top player. He knows he needs to add goals to his game and hopefully he’ll score a lot more.”
Rio Ferdinand reckons that the players have been anticipating a goal from Anderson and hopes this will kick-start his goal scoring.
“I think the lads have seen it coming,” Rio added. “The international break gave him plenty of time to train and we’ve seen glimpses of what he can do. He scored a good goal for the Reserves and I think he’s got the knack now of scoring. Hopefully he can go on a good run now and score more because if he does that he’ll be a top-class player.”
Sir Alex Ferguson has also praised the young midfielder and explained why he hasn’t played much this season.
“I hope that drives him on to get more because he’s capable of that,” Ferguson confirmed. “He hasn’t played a lot of games but he’s part of a squad, we have so many midfield players and we have to rotate it at various times in the season and Anderson will play his part. He had a marvellous performance for us today.”