Anderson inspires Manchester United comeback against QPR
Manchester United came back from 1-0 down against Julio Cesar's QPR side to register a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford, after the introduction of the impressive Anderson helped kick-start the sluggish hosts.
After a slow first-half in which the hosts failed to assert any authority on the game, QPR took a deserved lead early in the second period as forward Jamie Mackie turned home Kieran Dyer's saved shot.
That was the cue for United to look to change the tempo and Sir Alex Ferguson quickly introduced former Grêmio midfielder Anderson and striker Javier Hernandez - a move which changed the course of the encounter.
Immediately the Red Devils looked to have a spring in their step and in the space of ten brutal minutes they crushed QPR hopes of a first win of the season - with Julio Cesar helpless in the QPR goal.
Two goals from corners started the comeback before a third goal made in the Americas. Picking the ball up deep in midfield, Anderson charged forward towards the Rangers area and delivered a defence splitting pass for Mexican Hernandez to coolly slot home.
Anderson continued to add much-lacking dynamism to the hosts midfield and rightly drew plaudits from supporters post-match. Manager Ferguson was also impressed by the Brazilian, telling reporters: "I thought Anderson changed the game when he came on."
Also of note was a mature performance from right-back Rafael, who although quieter than in previous games this season, dealt well with the unique threat posed by Adel Taarabt. The former Fluminense youngster also cleared a header off the line in the closing minutes of the tie.