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Anderson Does Not Work Hard Enough

Anderson stated that in order to succeed at United, you only have to work hard. Well, he either didn't work hard enough or it's not enough in itself.

Anderson's talent is not in question. He's proved at Gremio and at Porto that he's one of the brightest prospects in the game at the moment.

At United he also proved that he can adhere to tactical instructions and is able to play with the discipline required at such a big club. His performances quickly endeared him to the fans and we already have a chant about Anderson something he's proud of.

'A team with players like Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes and other star players, you don't need to do much, only work hard,' he said.

'That's something I do and if I have the chance I will try to help my team the best that I can and make the most of the moment.'

But it was not enough for him to keep his place in the team. I understand that he is not a starter at such a crucial stage - after all, he's inexperienced - and I'm aware that he's had an injury , too.

He changed the game as a substitute against Arsenal but it looks like Fergie was disappointed with his performance at Chelsea though he was one of our best players on the pitch - or at least I felt that.

The fact is, though, that Anderson sat on the bench against West Ham but even when Scholes was brought off for a rest, O'Shea was sent on to play in central midfield. It was little short of public humiliation.

Anderson didn't even make the cut at Wigan, as Fergie opted for the returning Louis Saha who is almost certain to be sold in the summer. Something about Anderson must have provoked Fergie's wrath - it could have been a lack of discipline or just the gaffer feels that the boy's ego is growing at an alarming rate, I don't know.

But I do not think that the headline is true. Anderson, unusually for a Brazilian, works hard enough: his enthusiasm ensures that. But we'll have much thinking to do if he fails to make 18-man-squad for the final.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 18 2008

Time: 8:18PM

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he'd be in my first 11 every time and he's class with the brass :)
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18/05/2008 20:35:00

if we play 4-3-3 id play him with fletcher and carrick.
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18/05/2008 20:37:00

rooneyisgod, sir alex already said scholes is guaranteed a place; fso one of fletcher or enderson will be left out, or both if he opts for hargreaves...its good to have options, isnt it!
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18/05/2008 20:48:00

Looks a quality player for you, if he cant get in your team i'd quite happily have him in ours! Do any of you think Neville will play on Weds and if not will Hargreaves play at RB or CM???
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18/05/2008 21:33:00

*** Or not at all? Whoever plays i just hope you win, no one wants the Chavs winning do they, well except for the blue half of Manchester and the red half of Liverpool!
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18/05/2008 21:34:00

Unusually for a brazilian? Is Kaka not a hard worker? Gilberto Silva? Lucio? I know you're a manchester united fan, but please, try to know just a wee bit about football. Wouldn't hurt.
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19/05/2008 01:14:00

^lol yeah all those World Cups won by Brasil have been lazy players.
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19/05/2008 20:42:00

maybe he fergie was playin the team who will start in moscow, to get them to get to no each ova again?
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19/05/2008 21:52:00

and i dont think fletcher should play, hes to far down the pecking order of best united players now!
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19/05/2008 21:54:00

Sorry to say it lads but he's not better than Carrick, Scholes or Hargreaves, at least at the moment. He's at risk of becoming hated almost universally by fans of other teams, not by anything he's done, but by the rest of us being told by United fans that he is amazing and a top midfielder already. He might be in the future but he isn't that brilliant yet - probably UEFA Cup standard at the moment. Diarra at Pompey shows the same amount of quality - and did so for Chelsea and Arsenal - but no one says he's world class yet. He is probably better than Fletcher and I'd say he's definitely better than O Shea but from a (semi)neutral point of view, he's not going to start over Carrick, Hargreaves or Scholes in important games.
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20/05/2008 01:53:00


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