VIDEO: Ex-Man United MF Anderson needs oxygen tank after playing 36 minutes at altitude

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It’s fair to say that former Manchester United midfielder Anderson isn’t having the best of times after leaving Man United and joining Brazilian club Internacional earlier this month.

First there was the indignity of having his healthy contract canceled by United. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a few days later he made his Internacional debut, in which the 26-year-old (yes, he’s still only 26) had a poor penalty kick saved in a 0-0 league draw with Cruzeiro.

Then came the club’s latest game, a Copa Libertadores matchup with The Strongest (real, awesome name). Anderson started the game and lasted 36 minutes before needing to be subbed off due to fatigue. What’s worse, he immediately requested an oxygen tank upon reaching the bench (above video).

In Anderson’s defense, the city of La Paz is 11,975 feet above sea level, which is more than enough to have most anyone gasping for air after running around for half an hour.  Then again, 99.9 percent of the world isn’t professional footballers being paid a handsome salary to do just that.

It’s still early days in his Internacional career, but the initial signs aren’t looking so good for Anderson.