You really have to wonder sometimes! Are some players just plain unlucky? Or are they just plain stupid? Maybe it’s because you tend to forget how your own brain functioned at the age of 22 but surely, there are certain things which require nothing more than basic common sense. Of course we are talking about Manchester United midfielder Anderson who was dragged unconscious from the burning wreckage of his car after crashing in Portugal on the weekend.
According to local reports, the Brazilian had spent the night at the Sardinha Biba nightclub in Braga before leaving in a £125,000 Audi R8 with two companions. The high power sports car slid off the road before flying 100 feet through the air and burst into flames after landing in a field. Witnesses say that Anderson owed his life to being pulled “lifeless” from the vehicle shortly before it exploded and spent several hours in hospital after the accident.
One witness who helped the player said “I thought he was dead, my brother dragged him out of the car and we put out the flames.” Although the French registered car was a two seater, Anderson had two companions, a friend whose name was given only as Victor and a young Brazilian woman whose details have not been released. The police want to know if he had been drinking before the crash with unconfirmed reports that it could lead to a drink driving charge and a possible offence of allegedly having excess passengers.
The Brazilian, who is expected to make his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury next month has since told Sportsmail “I am very lucky because the accident was serious. I knew the road well but the car lost control at a curve and we crashed against a wall. I remember people coming to help which I am very grateful for. I just want to tell United fans I am fine and I will continue my rehabilitation so I can help the team. I’ve had lots of calls and have assured my friends not to worry but it was a very big scare for me” he admitted.
To be fair, accidents can happen to anyone but it’s not all that simple. Anderson is expected to make his comeback next month which raises the question of what he was doing in Portugal instead of being at Carrington with the other players coming back from injury. One also has to wonder if partying until the early hours of the morning is the sensible thing to do while recovering from a serious knee injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be expecting a good explanation from his midfielder when he returns to Old Trafford particularly as this is not the first time that he got himself into unnecessary trouble. Anderson was in the bad books at the beginning of the year when he unexpectedly returned home to Brazil without Ferguson’s permission and was fined £80,000.
Should Anderson have been in Portugal so close to the start of a new season?