Anderson scores to help Manchester United come from behind to beat Reading 4-3
Anderson scored an equalising goal to help Manchester United come from behind to beat Reading 4-3 at the Madjeski Stadium.
The Brazilian cancelled out Hal Robson-Kanu’s opener in the 13th minute with a fizzing effort that flew in at the near post.
The visitors were ahead moments later when Jonny Evans was fouled in the area and Rooney fired home the penalty.
However, United’s narrow lead lasted just three minutes as Reading capitalised on some poor defending to score twice from corners through Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison.
The next strike went the way of United as Rooney drifted into the middle to meet Anderson’s pass and drill home a 29th-minute equaliser.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is known for his ruthless streak and Brazilian defender Rafael got a taste of this when he was substituted in just the 30th minute.
The 22-year-old had been having a tough time against Jobi McAnuff and Sir Alex had seen enough, sending on Chris Smalling in his place.
Rafael stormed off the field, ignoring the manager’s handshake and snubbing the offer of a coat from one of the United staff.
Despite today's performance, Rafael has been made himself a permanent feature in Sir Alex's starting eleven and has subsequently been nominated for the Samba Gold trophy, which the public can vote for as of today.
The competition to find the best Brazilian in European football this year will run until the end of the month, and you can click here to have your say and cast your vote.
Robin Van Persie grabbed the eventual winner for United in the 34th minute when he broke the Royals offside trap and slotted home the seventh goal of the game.
The Dutch striker should have had a second before the break as his powerful shot was cleared off the line and could have made it 5-3 when he dispossessed goalkeeper Adam Federci but the striker blazed the ball high and wide of the open net.