Anderson’s at his gut-busting best when driving forward from the middle of the park, feeding balls to the central striker or the flanks. Injury cut his season short, but we'll hope to see him back realising his potential in 2010/11.
2009/10 appearances/goals: Premier League 10(4)/1; FA Cup 1/0; Carling Cup 3/0; Champions League 5/0; Total 19(4)/1
Season soundbite: "Midfield is the hardest area for youngsters to progress because we have excellent players there. But competition has not dimmed his self-belief and he's going to become a top player." - Sir Alex Ferguson
In a word: Potential
Staggered season and injury puts the Brazilian's career on hold, but he'll be back...
Story of the season After just one appearance in August, September augured well for Anderson when he played and scored at Spurs and then retained his place in the eleven for the 4-3 win over Manchester City. With a Champions League start away to Besiktas sandwiched in between, that was his best spell – the only time he started three games on the spin. It was ironic that Anderson was unavailable when Sir Alex regularly accommodated three central midfielders from March to May; while 4-4-2 was in vogue during the autumn, the boss was picking two from a talented quintet also comprising Carrick, Fletcher, Scholes and, to a lesser extent, Gibson. Anderson may therefore have played a big part in the closing months of the campaign had he not suffered a season-ending knee injury on 23 February, during United’s 3-0 win over West Ham. The fact he’d only just returned to action after missing seven games, and was looking very sharp in the game, made the pill harder to swallow.
Finest moment Although he had notably notched a penalty in the Moscow rain at the end of an epic debut season for United, Anderson was still seeking his first official goal when his third campaign kicked off in August 2009. But after a 77th