At various points over the past few seasons, it has been no great surprise to see Manchester United midfielder Anderson linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Injury problems and a struggle to find form have left fans with a sense of disappointment since his move from Porto.
When he signed from the Portuguese club back in 2007 for a reported £17 million, there was a great sense of optimism amongst the Old Trafford crowds to see the ‘new Ronaldinho’. United had just won the title for the first time since 2003, Ronaldo and Rooney were beginning to come into their best form and there were several other exciting signings to accompany that of Anderson.
What’s more, Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed in his autobiography that his brother Martin, United’s scout, had come to him with the statement that Anderson was even better than Rooney. All looked promising.
He had a decent first season but the aforementioned injuries soon came into the equation and Anderson was never really able to push on from that first campaign – at least, not on a regular basis.
He’s certainly had his moments – a delightful chip for Welbeck’s opener in the 8-2 win over Arsenal – but that was usually followed by performances equally as underwhelming.
He was consistently inconsistent. Poor performances led to much improved outings which in turn would lead to injury, and the cycle would repeat. But after six years, it seemed enough was enough.
Moyes’ appointment gave him, and perhaps many others, another chance. He played more minutes than anybody else in pre-season and we hoped, one last time, that this would be the season where he turned his Old Trafford career around.
Almost inevitably, however, it doesn’t seem to be the case. He started in the 2-1 home defeat at the hands of West Brom but has not played since and only made the bench for the Carling Cup tie against Norwich on Tuesday. It seems Moyes has little trust in him already.
An exit seems to be on the cards sooner rather than later. There are constantly rumours that he could be on the move as early as January but if not then, next summer looks more likely. His old club, Porto, have been linked with a move. His home country of Brazil could be another option.
It is a sad state of affairs because we’ve all seen glimpses of his potential but it just hasn’t worked out for him in England and football elsewhere could give him the opportunity to revitalise his career, something I’m sure he’s desperate to do. He has spoken of his desire to break into the Brazilian team in the past but that doesn’t seem likely unless things change.
£8 million is the price the UK press has reported and most fans wouldn’t have any problem with that. That money could be the difference that see’s us strike a deal for Ander Herrera.
I’ll support Anderson for the remainder of his time at Old Trafford and remember the few good times. However, a departure for the 25-year-old could be the best option for all parties involved I’m afraid.