Former Manchester United favourite Anderson released an emotional statement on his Instagram account stating that he would not be making the team for Michael Carrick’s testimonial.
The Brazil international shared a good bond with the United faithful, and although he did not make a big name as several other players, he still remains a notable figure in the club’s history.
Anderson was part of the 2007/08 United squad which celebrated Champions League glory, and the 29-year-old spoke of his sadness on missing out on Carrick’s testimonial owing to an injury, he is currently nursing.
“I would like to tell you that it was an honour be invited to participate in tour testimonial. I was delighted and excited to be back and join my previous teammates and also the magnificent Manchester United supporters, but unfortunately, I will not be able to celebrate this important and significant day in your life. I feel sad for that and please apologise me, but my injury needs treatment that I can’t fail to be prepared and recovered for the next important games of my team,” he said via an Instagram post.
Anderson never really realised his full potential in the United shirt, and he was often found on the substitutes’ bench with the likes of Paul Scholes and Carrick himself getting the nod for the midfield roles. The Brazilian also had his fitness issues over the years, and he slowly fell out of favour after Alex Ferguson ended his long-term association with the club.
The former Porto man is currently plying his trade for Brazilian club Coritiba for whom he joined from Internacional on loan earlier in the year. Moving down to a lower division often hinders a player’s national team prospects, but Anderson could still maintain a ray of hope for a future comeback as local talents are often monitored by their national team bosses.