Sir Alex Ferguson believes Anderson has the ability to replace Paul Scholes in Manchester United's midfield.
Former England international Scholes has been an integral part of the Red Devils' success throughout his glittering career.
But at the age of 36 it is inevitable that the talented veteran will be forced to call time on his Premier League career in the not-too-distant future.
Brazil international Anderson, who recently signed a new long-term deal at Old Trafford, has impressed hugely in recent weeks.
And Ferguson feels that once the 22-year-old can add more goals to his developing game he will become difficult to dislodge from his first-team plans.
The Scot said: "Anderson's form has gone up a notch recently and I was delighted when he signed a new contract before Christmas.
"He knows he should score more goals and if and when he does, he will undoubtedly be a top player.
"He is still only 22, he had electric pace from a standing start and a great appetite for the ball, which he can work out of very tight situations.
"Opponents can never rest easy when he is buzzing around them.
"Injury to Paul Scholes has given Anderson an extended run that he has grabbed and long term I hope he can prove to be Paul's successor.
"It is a big ask to reach that level and the challenge will test his confidence, but someone will have to step up to the plate one day!"
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