where he won the Portuguese Championship in 2005/06 and 2006/07, although his progress was hampered by a broken leg causing him to miss much of the latter campaign. Sir Alex couldn’t quite believe the reports coming back from his scouts, who rated the teenager as among the best prospects in the world. Upon further investigation, the Reds realised this was a player not to miss out on, and moved quickly to stave off interest from Barcelona.
Anderson wasn’t involved in the early matches of United's 2007/08 double-winning campaign, but he soon made up for it. His competitive debut against Sunderland caught the eye before another fine display against Wigan (he
claimed to be the best player on the pitch) highlighted his true potential. He was outstanding in United’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates in November 2007, refusing to be bullied by Cesc Fabregas and his willingness to mix it with the game’s biggest names was again apparent at Anfield in December, when a lion-hearted display against Steven Gerrard was one of the game’s major talking points.
Anderson featured in nine of the Reds' 13 games on the way to UEFA Champions League glory and held his nerve to smash home United's penultimate penalty in the 6-5 shoot-out win against Chelsea in the final. He has continued to add to his medal haul - helping his country to