In August Rant declared the upcoming campaign as a last chance for Manchester United’s Brazilian youngster Anderson. How the former-Porto midfielder has responded in recent weeks with some outstanding performances in midfield, so says United manager Sir Alex Ferguson of the 21-year-old who cost £14 million in 2007.
“Midfield is the hardest area for our young players to progress because we have some excellent players operating in that department,” Ferguson told ManUtd.com.
“But Anderson has certainly cranked up the contest for places after hitting great form. He took his time – he’s only 21, remember! – but he has settled and matured.
“The competition has not dimmed his self-belief, which is important. He has a Brazilian belief in his own ability and he is going to become a top player.
“He is flying at the moment and he certainly wants to play. In fact, he has a face on him like a bag of tripe when I don’t play him.”