Sir Alex delighted with Anderson displays
The 21-year-old enjoyed a treble-winning debut season following his arrival from FC Porto in 2007 and has made 90 appearances in the heart of the Red Devils’ midfield.
Despite facing some criticism following several inconsistent performances earlier this season, Ferguson is thrilled with the Brazilian’s recent showings and believes Anderson is destined for a successful future.
“Midfield is the hardest area for our young players to progress because we have some excellent players operating in that department,” Ferguson told the club’s official website.
“But Anderson has certainly cranked up the contest for places after hitting great form.
“He took his time – he’s only 21, remember. But he has settled and matured.”
Anderson has found it difficult to establish himself as a regular in the Manchester United side with stiff competition from the likes of stalwart Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher.
Ferguson, however, has praised Anderson’s spirit for fighting for his place and admits the youngster’s confidence is at an all-time high.
“The competition has not dimmed his self-belief, which is important,” Ferguson added.
“He has a Brazilian belief in his own ability and he is going to become a top player.
“He is flying at the moment and he certainly wants to play.
“In fact, he has a face on him like a bag of tripe when I don’t play him.”