Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Can Ando Hit the Right Notes? ; the Words of His Old Trafford Song Are Over-Complimentary, but the United Midfielder Is Fighting to Make Them Come True

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Can Ando Hit the Right Notes? ; the Words of His Old Trafford Song Are Over-Complimentary, but the United Midfielder Is Fighting to Make Them Come True

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NOT every song sung by United fans is factually correct. Roy Keane didn't wear a magic hat, Bertie Mee wasn't a cockney and United don't often score six and seldom score ten.

Nor is Anderson betteS r than Fabregas. The song, a tribute to United's Brazilian midfielder, held its own in his first two seasons at Old Trafford when, still in his teens, Anderson looked like the most promising player at the club.

Anderson would burst forward with a surge of energy not present in the other midfielders, he'd go past players and run at defenders.

When he danced around the Moscow turf to Gal Costa's wondrous Aquarela Do Brasil, it seemed a perfect marriage.

Residents of Porto Alegre, his home city and Porto, where he also impressed, had told us so. Anderson had it all and he justified the hype of scout Martin Ferguson's phone call to his brother which sang his praises.

Still only 25, Anderson is starting his seventh season at Old Trafford yet, for the majority of those, he's been frustrating to watch.

The father of three has been injury-hit and, as a result, his fitness and weight levels have suffered.

Frustrated He's popular in the dressing room and many fans want him to succeed but their patience has worn thin. They accuse him of being too heavy and mock his inability to last 90 minutes.

Anderson understands where they're coming from.

"It's not just the fans who've been frustrated, I've been frustrated," he says in decent English. "I never asked to be injured, I don't want to be injured.

"I want to play every week for Manchester United, I love being here."

Anderson hopes to build on a good pre-season.

"My first years here were good, then I got bad injuries," he explained.

"Last season I was doing good for six games, then I started to feel my knee. I felt the pain but I kept playing because I wanted to help my team, but then I had to stop playing.

"I felt like I was making a step forward and two back. Just when I think everything is fine I get an injury."

Anderson is enjoying life under new boss David Moyes.

"Ferguson helped me a lot," he says. "He's a great person, but a new manager means new mentality and I'm happy with that. …

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