Anderson started 2011/12 in blistering fashion as part of an exciting new midfield partnership with Tom Cleverley, starting the first eight league games. However, injury blighted his campaign once more and prolonged the United faithful’s wait to see his Old Trafford career truly take off.
In 2012/13 he enjoyed more time on the pitch, although Michael Carrick's exceptional form meant Anderson still found it difficult to nail down a spot in the starting XI. He made a number of valuable contributions, though, including lashing home spectacularly against Reading for his only league goal of the season and turning in a game-changing performance against Queens Park Rangers in November.
Unfortunately for Anderson, the following campaign proved much less productive as the Brazilian struggled under new manager David Moyes. Injuries again plagued the midfielder, who was loaned out to Italian side Fiorentina in January. Sadly, Anderson's luck was not to improve while plying his trade in Tuscany as, after making his debut in a 3-3 draw with Genoa, he made only five appearances over the next two months.
The Brazilian's loan spell, beset by injuries, ended with just one more appearance for the Viola but