Manchester United flop Anderson has blamed his disappointing career with the Red Devils on injury following a move to Brazilian club Internacional, according to the Guardian.
Anderson joined United in 2007 for £26million, but never lived up to his massive price tag, despite winning four Premier Leagues, two League Cups, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.
The former Brazil international made only 70 starts during his 8 years with the Red Devils and finally left the club this winter by joining his hometown team.
The 26-year-old thanked United for his time at Old Trafford, before blaming his niggling knee injuries as the reason behind his failed Manchester United career.
“I played for eight years for Manchester,” he said.
“I would like to thank the club. In my first four years I won everything there, Champions League, Premier League and Club 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.”
Anderson was sidelined on six separate occasions because of his knee, and the most serious came in February 2010 as he ruptured his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) forcing him out for the rest of the season.
The ex-Porto ace was also criticised over his weight, to which he replied: “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.”