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Great goal, great guy

Posted on 3 December 2013  - 11:45

Michael Dawson led the tributes for Sandro after the midfielder blasted home one of the goals of the season against United on Sunday.

Sandro lets flyAnd the celebration says everything about what that goal means

The midfielder turned Tom Cleverley before firing into the top corner from 30 yards.

Sandro's strike put us 2-1 up against the champions but they responded quickly via Wayne Rooney's penalty. That was Rooney's second goal after he levelled Kyle Walker's free-kick blast in the first half.

Sandro is back to his best after spending nine months on the sidelines with a knee injury sustained at QPR in January.

He's now featured in 14 matches in all competitions, starting 10.

"Sandro is one of those players everyone loves, a real character," said Michael.

"Even when he was going through such a hard time on his way back from injury he was still part of it all.

"And what a goal! We've seen that in training a few times."

Michael is well placed to understand what Sandro has been through on his recovery having fought back from serious injury himself in recent years.

"It does affect you, I know that well and I know what it means for him to be back playing again. It’s great to have him back, he’s a great guy."

Andre Villas-Boas added: "It was a great goal. I’m extremely happy for him because he’s been chasing that for quite some time. He scored at Fulham last season and now, a wonder strike."

Kyle Walker is hoping to see more of the same. "We’re all encouraging him to have a few shots at goal. Last season he scored a fantastic goal at Fulham and if he shoots a lot more, we’ll get a few more goals from him."