Former Man Utd team-mate reveals why Anderson never fulfilled his potential

Michael Owen believes he knows why former team-mate Anderson never fulfilled his potential at Manchester United to become one of the world’s best players.

The Brazilian midfielder arrived at Old Trafford in 2007 with plenty of promise, and was tipped to become the next Ronaldinho. He was also crowned Golden Boy in 2008, such was his talent.

But the former Porto star never hit the heights expected of him.

Despite spending eight seasons at Old Trafford and winning four Premier League titles, an EFL Cup and a Champions League trophy, much of his time was blighted with injury.

After a dismal loan spell at Fiorentina, Anderson was eventually sold in 2015 to Internacional.

At 30 years of age, Anderson is now without a club. So where and why did it all go wrong? Former team-mate Owen believes he knows.

"Without being too general, he’d have that Brazilian attitude," the ex-England striker told Joe. "He was a pretty relaxed guy, maybe too relaxed at times. He loved being out there with a ball at his feet but he did not bother about weights, or anything really. Him getting back from injuries was often a slow process.

"He was a really good player but if he had that driven mentality, he could have been great."

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