Papers: Boss hails Anderson
Sir Alex Ferguson: Anderson is the natural successor for Paul Scholes
Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Manchester United's rising young midfield star Anderson as the natural successor to Old Trafford veteran Paul Scholes.
Anderson, 19, has broken into the United first-team far quicker than expected following his £19million move from Porto last summer.
He starred in the recent 4-0 FA Cup rout of Arsenal, impressed in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Lyon, and is set to start in the crucial Premier League clash at Fulham on Saturday.
"Anderson has exploded on to the scene for us and been absolutely phenomenal," said Fergie.
"We're really pleased with his progress and the evidence is there for all to see.
"When Scholes got his last injury it opened the door for Anderson, and we discovered a boy who had talent.
"He isn't entirely like Scholes, although there are similarities. But he's more of an aggressive running player.”David McDonnell, The Mirror
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first after the manager’s press conference last Friday.
Elsewhere, The Sun
report Gary Neville
took “giant strides” towards a first-team comeback with his performance in last night’s Reserves match. The Reds went down 2-0 to Liverpool but United captain Neville played 60 minutes.The Mirror
also claim Sir Alex Ferguson has asked Louis Saha for opinions on Lyon striker Karim Benzema
. The English press have linked Benzema with a move to Old Trafford for some time and believe the young forward impressed Ferguson in last week’s Champions League clash.