Sanneh hands Anderlecht win in derby over Liège

Scorpions defender Bubacarr Sanneh scored his first Anderlecht goal in spectacular fashion as he handed the Belgian giants a 2-1 win over archrivals Standard Liège on Sunday.

Sanneh, who joined the record Belgian champions in this summer’s transfer deadline day, has played in all but the club’s three league matches without securing a win.

Sunday’s match at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock in Brussels was an exception though as he showed his transfer worth by rising high to nod in a 94th minute corner to put the club’s fourth consecutive match without a win to a stop to the delight of coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck.

“I am very pleased that Buba scored the crucial goal because otherwise he would have received much criticism. He didn’t have the best of performances but he just has to keep his head high and find the timing of his game,” the Anderlecht told the waiting press after the match.

The former FC Midtjylland defender, who dreams of playing for Manchester United or Real Madrid later in his career, has come under immense criticism since his €8m move which made him the most expensive defender in Belgian football history.

“I cannot say that this transfer price does not play a role but that is football, players are bought for a lot of money, as a player you can only play and do your best, because that’s why you are bought, so there is no pressure,” he said when asked if the transfer price is a weight on his shoulders.

He added: “They (Anderlecht) believed in me and that’s why they put so much money in. They saw something in me and if they had not seen me play, they would not have put so much. When they saw me, they realized that I could bring something in. I have no pressure on the 8 million.”

He said on his goal: “It’s an amazing feeling. I am very happy to have played and contributed to the victory and I cannot describe my joy. It was a struggle with many emotions. I already feel good in this team who I like very much the mentality and it showed on Sunday.”