Ferguson wants more from Anderson

08 December 2010 07:30

Sir Alex Ferguson hopes a rare Anderson strike can spark the Brazilian into more prolific scoring form for Manchester United.

Anderson scored only his second goal in 109 appearances as he tucked home the rebound to a blistering Park Ji-sung strike just past the hour mark of Tuesday night's encounter with Valencia. It gave United a 1-1 draw, confirming their status as Group C winners and now Ferguson is looking for more of the same from the former Porto star.

"He should score more," said the Red Devils boss. "The boy has terrific talent. He has great pace and power. He is a strong boy. We are pleased he got a goal. It may help him."

United now know they will avoid Barcelona and Real Madrid in the first knockout round, although holders Inter Milan, managed by Rafael Benitez, lie in wait.

"It is always good to be first. That is important. We will avoid the bigger names, although they will come eventually," said Ferguson.

It was not a totally successful evening for the Red Devils.

Pablo Hernandez's well-taken effort was the first goal United had conceded in the Champions League this season.

In addition, Rio Ferdinand limped off rather gingerly at the start of the second half, with Ferguson confirming the extent of the England skipper's injury.

"Rio has a tight hamstring," he said. "He felt it at half-time. He wanted to try it but it still felt tight.

"We weren't prepared to take a chance. There was no point because we had Chris Smalling to come on."

Source: PA