Has Moyes sent out the wrong message with timing of midfielder deal?

by Sam Peoples

Anderson-son-soon to be our ex-midfield magician.

David Moyes will make Anderson the first player to leave Manchester United since his arrival in the summer, pending an official confirmation later today, but the question is was he right to do?

Given our current central midfield situation, you’d be forgiven for thinking that letting a midfielder leave might not be the most logical step to take.

We are yet to sign the central midfield solution to a problem that has haunted United for years and thanks to a host of injuries, we have very few options available but Moyes still decided to sell Anderson.

Some may see United’s startling lack of depth as a reason to label Moyes’ decision to loan Anderson as a mistake but I don’t think that is the case. For both the player and club, letting Anderson leave United right now was the best move.

Moyes gave Anderson his chance in the pre-season. He played more minutes than any other player and I saw that as a way for Moyes to pass judgement on the Brazilian before the start of the season. The fact that he didn’t continue to give him so many minutes when the Premier League started spoke volumes of his opinion of Anderson.

When we had injuries to so many central midfielders, Moyes preferred to start a centre back and a 40-year-old in midfield instead of a fully fit Anderson. It was then that it became obvious Anderson’s time was up, Moyes had made his stance clear in that respect.

Anderson’s departure means we have a spot free in the squad for somebody who might be able to impact the team more than the Brazilian and for him, it also allows him to hit the reset button on his career and start afresh. Everybody wins.

Moyes’ decision to sell Anderson is also a show of faith in Marouane Fellaini that he can come good this season and for £27 million, he needs to.

Do you think David Moyes made a mistake by not keeping Anderson?

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