Date: 26th March 2008 at 3:45pm
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Anderson is loving life at Manchester United after being deployed in his favourite position against Liverpool – but is keen to score goals at last.

The 19-year-old Brazilian surprised everyone by a series of storming performances after an uncertain debut showing. He was expected to be noting more than a squad player yet he has already got 32 appearances to his name this season.

He was used as a support striker, a central midfielder and a defensive midfielder this season. Against Liverpool (and Arsenal and Lyon) he was given his favourite role.

‘I had more freedom and played as a No.10 against Liverpool,’ he told the Manchester Evening News.

‘I feel very at ease playing this way and I hope that I can repeat the performances I have had at my club when I play for Brazil.

‘I just want to play in as many games as possible. Even if I have to play in goal, I’ll do it.

‘I’ve enjoyed every match I’ve been involved in this season and the different positions I’ve taken up.

‘In the long term, I’m sure the manager will play me wherever he feels I will be most effective.’


However, he’s got one nagging thing about him. He is yet to get on the scoresheet for Manchester United and as someone who used to score regularly for his clubs it must be disconcerting to say the least – it could be seen as his shooting was increasingly desperate against Liverpool as more and more attempts ended in the stands.

‘I’m literally praying for goals.

‘I’m hopeful that when I start scoring, I will score in some important games.


Against Aston Villa would be a nice time to start it I think.