A war of words that led to a return to form.
Anderson came in for some short shrift from Sir Alex a week or two ago when the young Brazilian expressed his dissatisfaction at not starting enough games and it was an act that may in the long run have helped the talented midfielder to make a name for himself at Old Trafford.
When the 21 year old first arrived at Man United many would have thought he would be used sparingly but such was his instant impact that Ferguson had no choice but to stick with the former Porto man and in his first season he did fantastically well. He was assured, calm and mature on the ball and had a footballing brain that was able to cope with the jump from the Portuguese league to the Premier League.
However he was never going to be able to maintain that level of consistency and his game dipped last term and as a result was rested for long periods as the club looked to push for another Premier League and Champions League double. Last seasons showpiece final at the Stadio Olimpico was one that Anderson will want to forget as his performance in the first half was very poor indeed and he was replaced.
His reported anger at not being first choice appeared to have been so large that many tabloids claimed he would leave the club but I was sure that this was just the usual red top hyperbole and so it has proven.
Then Anderson played a blinder at White Hart Lane, the type of incisive performance that was very much like the kinds of games he had in his first term and he did pretty well in the cauldron against Besiktas. It seems the bad times have abated for our number 8 and long may it continue.