Overweight Manchester United flop Anderson has claimed it was injury, not poor fitness, that was responsible for his failed spell at Old Trafford.
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The porky Brazilian returned to his hometown club on Tuesday after becoming something of a laughing stock at United.
After falling out of favour, his weight seemed to rise whilst his form and commitment seemed to fall.
And because of this; despite paying over £26 million for the player, United seemed willing to let the former Porto man leave the club on a free deal to sign for Internacional.
However, following the completion of his move Anderson has claimed that it was simply injury that cut short his time with the Red Devils.
“I played for eight years for Manchester. I would like to thank the club. In my first four years I won everything there, Champions League, Premier League and Clubs World Cup. I had a knee injury and returned to play again too fast. I played but the knees were not equal and I got myself injured again,” said Anderson, reports ESPN.
But the Brazilian firmly rebuffed any suggestion that it was his weight or lack of fitness that contributed to his failed career in the Premier League.
“Do you think I’m not fit? A player will always be criticised. I had injuries in the past, but I have to be quiet right now and answer in the field.
“It will be a pleasure play in a club such as Internacional. I want to be happy as I was in other clubs. I’m coming back to Porto Alegre because Inter went after me. The president gave me attention. I was training [at United] but not playing.”
The midfielder was initially a first team regular with United under Sir Alex Ferguson before falling out of favour. He is hoping to make a fresh start with the Port Alegre side.