Brazilian international midfielder Anderson has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2015.
The 22-year-old signed for the Reds from Porto in 2007 and after undergoing a knee ligament operation and a lull in form, has progressed to become one of United’s key performers so far this term.
Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with the capture, “Anderson has developed tremendously since joining us and he has fantastic potential at only 22 – he is going to be a really top player.”
And the fans favourite says he is looking forward to the stay, “This is the best club to be at and I am looking forward to winning many more trophies with United.”
Fergie: Chelsea needed signings.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Chelsea’s recent batch of poor form is due to the Champions inability to replace a host of senior players this summer.
Carlo Ancelotti lost the likes of Michael Ballack, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Juliano Belletti and Joe Cole, and only replaced them with Ramieres and Yossi Benayoun whilst promoting a number of youth graduates.
Chelsea’s squad has been exposed by injuries during a sequence of one win in seven league games which has seen them surrender top spot to United.
And according to Ferguson that is no coincidence, “Their plan was always to start introducing younger players and I think that’s a good thing but it can backfire if you get injuries. You need big squads these days because the number of matches and the intensity of matches does produce injuries.”
Reds want Blues victory.
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident United will head to Stamford Bridge aiming for a victory – despite the Reds not having won on the ground in eight years.
Not since goals from Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Diego Forlan downed the Blues 3-0 back in April 2002 have United left with the full share of the spoils.
But knowing a victory will put the three points clear of the Champions – with a game in hand – Ferguson spoke of his belief the Reds can reverse recent trends.
“We used to have a terrific record at Chelsea, but not so much over the last few years.” said the Scot, “It’s a big game and we’ll be ready for it. We’ve got good players and they have all had big-game experience for years now.”