Anderson to succeed Scholes
Anderson is the man Sir Alex Ferguson believes is the natural successor to Paul Scholes in his Man United side.
Last Updated: 01/05/09 10:59pm
Anderson is the man Sir Alex Ferguson believes is the natural successor to Paul Scholes in his Manchester United side.
The talented Brazilian, who Ferguson paid £17million to sign from Porto almost two years ago, has shown in fits and starts why he is so highly-rated at Old Trafford.
Anderson, still just 21, was outstanding in midweek as Ferguson gave him the nod over Scholes for Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League semi-final against Arsenal.
His energetic style completely overshadowed an Arsenal midfield that included a very disappointing Cesc Fabregas and if the youngster can perform a repeat show at the Emirates Stadium next Tuesday, the Red Devils will be well on their way to a Rome meeting with either Chelsea or Barcelona on 27th May.
And, while Scholes has given every indication of being around for at least another season, Ferguson feels that when he does call time on his stellar career, Anderson will be the perfect man to step into his shoes.
"Anderson is going to replace Paul Scholes," said Ferguson.
"He is an outstanding talent. He has fantastic speed and strength and he is only 21."
The one down side for Anderson is his failure to score a single goal since his arrival at Old Trafford.
It is a remarkable statistic for a player who tucked away a nerveless penalty in the Champions League final shoot-out win over Chelsea in Moscow last May.
Anderson had one decent chance in midweek, only to scoop his shot over from the edge of the area.
And it seems Ferguson is not expecting the goal drought to be broken any time soon: "We are all lighting candles for that."