Anderson Could End Up At Benfica
Manchester United player Oliveira Anderson could be on his way to Primeira Liga giant Benfica. The Estadio da Luz outfit see the innovative midfield playmaker as a suitable replacement for Belgium international Axel Witsel who is attracting the interest of several leading clubs, including both Manchester City and Manchester United.
Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, to give him his full name, first appeared for local team Gremio and then FC Porto before he signed with Manchester United for a cool £18 million at the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign. While at Manchester United, the multifunctional player has endured a miserable time with niggling injuries and his first team appearances have been fairly infrequent. Given his geographical background, however, it is probably only fair to claim that the samba styled midfielder was not properly prepared for the pace and physicality of the game in England. A Brazil international, Anderson made his senior debut in a 2–0 defeat to Mexico at the Polideportivo Cachamay in Puerto Ordaz in June 2007 and has played eight matches for his native country. Carlos Alberto: “In Brazil, we compared him to Ronaldinho because he is a very skilled player. But over here, he seems to be playing more defensively and this is not the best way for him to play.”