Anderson looked like a changed man during Manchester United’s pre-season. He not only played the most minutes out of any United player in the squad but actually played very well too.
It was a new look Anderson and United fans thought he may have finally turned his career on it’s head. Wrong.
Ever since a poor individual performance against West Brom, Anderson has been frozen out of the first team even when we were short of central midfielders. At a time when Tom Cleverley was injured, Anderson found himself with the Under-21s instead of the first team, a strong indication from Moyes that he does not want to play him in the Premier League again just yet.
Anderson’s story is a warning for others. Put the effort and performances in or risk being shut out of the team altogether. An all for one and one for all type attitude.
Moyes has not come across as a man with a fiery side so far in his tenure at United but we know he has it in him. He is a Scot after all. Unfortunately for Anderson, he looks to have been on the wrong end of that and he has to work hard to get himself more chances to impress.
I like that approach from Moyes. He has come into a new environment and Sir Alex Ferguson reiterated that control was fundamental to his success at Old Trafford. Moyes could be perceived as weak if he didn’t drop players from the squad who he felt were under-performing. Others may have thought they could get away without putting 100% effort in.
Ashley Young is another example. After his horror show against City, he didn’t make an appearance again until his cameo against Real Sociedad this week.
Moyes’ no nonsense approach will let players know from the off that if they don’t perform, there is every chance they might disappear out of United’s first team and it is essential for Moyes to establish that sort of relationship of respect as soon as possible to make sure he gets the best out of the whole squad.