Manchester United are looking to offload Anderson as Sir Alex prepares to offload under-performing players in the summer.
When Anderson was signed from Porto back in 2007, big things were expected of the Brazilian midfielder. But history said that South American players have had limited success at Old Trafford and as of now Anderson hasn’t been an expectation.
Although Anderson has shown flashes of brilliance, he has been largely inconsistent and has failed to grab a permanent place in the starting line-up. This has been highlighted by the fact that Sir Alex had to bring back Scholes from retirement to marshal the midfield. To be honest, Anderson also hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries and that has held back his progress to a large extent.
In an interview last month Anderson revealed that he has looked to move on but has failed to do so despite several attempts.
“What can I say? I have three more years of contract, I have tried to leave many times and never succeeded to do so.” – The Brazilian was quoted in press.
Although the 24-year-old has later claimed that he is happy at the club and is prepared to bite his time, his performances on the field haven’t improved. In fact, during United 1-0 win over Reading this weekend, he did little to silence his doubters.
Carrick’s brilliant form along with the rise of Tom Cleverley and inclusion of new signing Shinji Kagawa has meant that Anderson has fallen down the pecking order. Fletcher is also expected to make a comeback in future and although Scholes might retire at the end of this season, Manchester United are reportedly looking to offload Anderson to free up space for a new midfielder in the summer.
In fact Anderson might the first departure among many other players who are on the fringes of the first team like Buttner and Anders Lindegaard. Although Lindegaard’s future might depend on whether Barcelona makes their move for De Gea in the summer as reported in Spanish press. Javier Hernandez’s future is also up for speculations with the Mexican getting limited starts after the arrival of Robin van Persie in the summer and Sir Alex seemingly preferring Welbeck over him.