Date: 23rd February 2010 at 4:57pm
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Ask anyone outside Manchester United and they will laugh at the idea of Anderson ever becoming a top-class midfielder. Outside Old Trafford he is viewed as an unambigous failure, a flop, one of Fergie’s worst signings.

Hell, many United fans would agree with that but those with kinder hearts and regular experience of watching United games will tell you that this view is a little lopsided. Granted, Anderson has not realized the full extent of his potential yet but he had very good games and sometimes he excelled against top class opposition.

His consistency let him down though and it must be said that for a young midfielder trying to find his feet and blend in to the squad, Sir Alex’s constant rotation is doing no favours. Yet frustration alone is insufficient explanation for Anderson’s unprofessional behaviour last month when he skipped training and fled to Brazil after his dismal showing at Eastlands in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg.

‘I went to Brazil to think about my future,’ he explained.

‘I didn’t go there to negotiate with other clubs, though.

‘It’s been a difficult season for me as I haven’t played enough games. ‘The coach has asked me for more effort and I accept that but I need more chances to play in the first team. I have explained my situation in private to him.

‘I am not a machine. It is impossible to function at 100% in each match. I accept that my work was not good during some matches but those were not significant enough to stop me playing for a long time I hope.

‘Sincerely, I am not finished at United. I insist that I can offer much to this team in the decisive moments of the season.

‘I am happy here. I want to stay.’


His confidence is heartwarming but it is yet to be seen if Sir Alex ever selects him again, having left him out of the squad for all games since the 2-1 loss at the Council House. The papers suggest that after a private chat with the boss he is back in contention for a place at least on the bench tonight when United take on West Ham at Old Trafford – we’ll see.