Anderson Puts His Man Utd Future In Doubt

Chris Wright

26th, January 2010


By Chris Wright


“I missed the bus Guv, honest!”

The Sun is reporting today that Anderson may have put his long-term future at Manchester United in jeopardy after failing to report to training yesterday. The midfielder allegedly ducked the Monday session as he was still in a funk after facing the hairdryer following his sub par display against Man City in the Carling Cup and being subsequently left out of the squad against Hull City on Saturday.

The former Porto man has been struggling for starts of late and United are now ready to cut their losses on the floundering Brazilian.

The 20 year old arrived at Old Trafford in May of 2007, in a deal worth £18 million, but has continually failed to live up to his inflated price tag. He has only managed a solitary goal in two-and-a-bit years at the club and is attracting increasing levels of criticism from sections of the United support.

Although Anderson’s work rate in not under scrutiny – he covers some serious turf during games – his overall effectiveness is. He cannot shoot convincingly with either foot, has no range of passing to speak of and can be reckless in the tackle.

Although Anderson is still young, and therefore should have scope for improvement, I don’t think he’ll ever be an £18 million man (he must go down as yet another expensive Ferguson flop so far) and Sir Alex may be wise to cash in on him now whilst he has an excuse and before the Brazilian’s stock falls any further.

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  1. Fredmeister says:



    Thought we would forget about this article Ollie? To be fair at the time he looked the real deal, I still think he has a part to play for United, but we might just try and get a few million to ease our debt. Bugger.

  2. Chris says:

    I saw Anderson driving around Alderley Edge on Saturday during the United game. Evidently he wasn’t in the squad for the game and so didn’t even bother going to the game to support his team-mates.

    I like him, and think the criticism he gets is pretty harsh given his age and the infrequency of his starts, but to not turn up to a home game just because you’re not in the squad is not the kind of behaviour Fergie will approve of. Methinks he’s on his way.

  3. Steve B says:

    “no real range of passing to speak of”

    Are you insane? And I’m fairly sure I’ve not heard that many moaning about him. He’s played well recently too, this all sounds like a load of Sun bull to me

  4. Christopher says:

    He was always a speedy dribbler before going to Utd. They should try him in a more attacking role rather than trying to make him an all-round midfielder.

  5. paddy says:

    only wenger could mould him into a good player

  6. Pedro L. says:

    Brazilian press is saying that might be in Brazil right now. The tv channel “Band News” is talking about a move to Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco da Gama.

  7. Hirsty says:

    Didn’t he play as an attacking left winger at Porto? Or at least a more attacking position than he does at Man U. If he was valued at £18 million in that position, why not give him the chance there now?

  8. Nacho says:

    At Porto Anderson was a phenomenon!
    No wonder united payed that price tag to claim him.
    But then, Fergie decides he is going to try and create a Paul Scholes out of Anderson’s skill set… What A HORRIBLE idea that turned out to be. This kid needs to attack, not flop around in the midfield like the ginger does, and score the occasional wonder goal.

    Used correctly, Anderson could be an attacking threat, something Man utd. will have none of if Rooney breaks his foot again any time soon.
    He has more than potential to be a consistent goal scorer. Bring him to Arsenal I say, he certainly doesn’t fit in Fergie’s ‘non-football’ tactics.

    But I agree, not showing for a home game (if this claim is true) is certainly a sign of weak character.

  9. Keton says:

    i dont like u

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