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.
He's now played more than 170 times for the Reds – more than any other South American in history.