part in United's Club World Cup triumph in Japan and then firing the trophy-clinching penalty in the shoot-out in the 2009 League Cup final win over Tottenham at Wembley. He also picked up his second Premier League winners' medal in May 2009.
As he began his third season in a red shirt, the one thing missing from Anderson's game was a goal, though it hadn't been for lack of trying. He finally broke that duck in his 76th appearance with a fine strike from the edge of the box against Spurs in September 2009. The remainder of the campaign was less memorable for the Brazilian as he failed to hold down sustained starts or form. Further frustration came in the shape of a season-ending knee injury in the February win over West Ham.
Anderson didn't return to action until September in the 3-2 home win over Liverpool, the first of 30 appearances in all competitions in 2010/11, culminating in another Premier League winners' medal.
He signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal in December 2010, during a purple patch of form, and there was even a mini-flurry of goals at the end of the season, when he hit two against Schalke in the Champions League and another against Blackpool on the final day.