Manchester United midfielder Anderson reveals plan to avoid injury woe
Manchester United midfielder Anderson has revealed a change in mindset that he hopes will help him improve on his poor injury record of the past two seasons.
Anderson, 24, has spent a lot of time on the sidelines with muscle strains and believes that his desire to play when not 100% fit has played a part in his misfortune.
The Brazilian hopes that, by not rushing into action when feeling the strain, he can can get his career at Old Trafford back on track.
He told reporters: "I'm really trying to look after myself and get as fit as I can. In the past I might have had the odd niggle but just wanted to keep playing. Eventually though, that caught up with me.
"I understand now that if I'm not 100 per cent fit then I have to wait because I will still get opportunities. It's hard because as a footballer you don't want to miss any games but in the past I've tried to push myself and have ended up with more injury problems. I now understand that I need to be completely right."
Anderson looks set to gain his next opportunity to force his claim for a first-team spot against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.