Anderson vows to show what he can do at Manchester United this season
Manchester United midfielder Anderson promises to produce his "best" for the Red Devils this term as he returns from injury
Anderson has vowed to produce his best football for Manchester United this season after an injury-blighted 2011-12.
The Brazilian midfielder suffered a knee injury in November before picking up a hamstring problem in March and was limited to just 16 appearances for the Red Devils last term.
But the 24-year-old, who joined Manchester United from Porto in 2007, is determined to hit the ground running this season as he looks to hold down a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team.
“For me, this season is very important,” Anderson told manutd.com. “I know I have to be very focused on my football. I’ll still have a laugh and a joke with my team-mates, but I know I must be really focused on my job. I really want to show what I can do this season, produce my best and help the team.
“I really enjoyed myself at the start of last season. Me and Tom [Cleverley] did well, but I enjoy playing with all the midfielders – [Michael] Carrick, Tom, [Paul] Scholes. I don’t mind.
“I just want to play and feel good. And I want to stay fit. Hopefully I can get a run of playing, enjoy my football and help the team.”
United were pipped to the 2011-12 Premier League title by derby rivals Manchester City in a dramatic conclusion to the season – but Anderson is confident the Red Devils can prise the title back from their neighbours this term.
“We had so many injuries last season, and bad injuries as well, to lots of players,” he continued. “Some were out for a couple of months at a time and some longer. That definitely had an effect on our title challenge.
“If we keep everyone fit, I feel confident we will win the title.
“We mustn’t forget we did very well last season in the league. The Champions League was very disappointing and we want to do better this time but with the league, the difference between us and City was eight goals. Hopefully things will go our way this season.”