Manchester United lose the services of in-form Anderson due to hamstring injury
Manchester United will have to do without in-form midfielder Anderson for the next couple of weeks. The Brazilian was called off pitch in the middle of a nail-biting 4-3 victory over Reading last Saturday.
Anderson drew first blood for Manchester United before limping off the pitch at the end of the first half. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expressed his sympathies for Anderson’s untimely injury.
The former Porto player had just forced his way into Manchester United’s first team after a long spell as a substitute. Anderson, who had been without a start in the Premier League this season, finally received a call-up against West Ham United.
Playing Reading on the road was second start of the season for the 24-year-old central midfielder. Sadly, Anderson won’t be returning to Manchester United’s squad till New Year’s Eve.
Early medical reports suggest Anderson has luckily picked up just strain in his hamstring. This means it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks for him to return to the squad if there are not setbacks in his recovery period.
“It's a hamstring unfortunately. He'll be out for a few weeks,” Sir Alex Ferguson told MUTV. “He's been playing really well and scored a great goal. I'm very disappointed for him.”
Anderson played superbly against Reading as Manchester United went down thrice at the Madejski Stadium. Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick hailed Red Devils’ fighting spirit in his interview to MUTV after the game.
Michael Carrick said that Manchester United were always capable of fighting back after conceding. Saturday night’s win is the seventh time Manchester United have been victorious after letting their opponents score first.
“That gives us the belief,” Michael Carrick said. “Even if we do go a goal down we always feel we've got the firepower from different people; that's the strength in depth of the attacking options and that's what keeps driving us on and we never give up.
“Personally I always felt confident, even when we were going goals behind, that we could still get back in the game and win the game, and that obviously proved the case.”