Man Utd's Anderson lifts lid on tough upbringing
Manchester United midfielder Anderson has lifted the lid on his tough upbringing in Brazil.
Violence is rife among the population of 78,000. Unemployment is 41 per cent.
Anderson said: "Where I grew up was a very, very bad place. I saw lots of my friends go down for silly things, so I took that as a lesson.
"I come from a difficult background, so you have to take the lessons life gives you and learn from them.
"But with the help of people who guided me I was able to live on the good side of life.
"I still do silly things at times but I try and do my best and I like to think that I wouldn't have gone the way of my friends."