Manchester United have reportedly permitted Brazilian flop Anderson to find new employers. Although, the player remains undecided, news emerging from Tuttomacatoweb implies that Indian Super League outfit Pune City have shown keen interest and with the deadline for any transaction to the ISL slated for the 30th of September, 2014, time seem to be running out for the former F.C Porto star.
It was in september of 2007, that Olievera Anderson made his competitive debut for Manchester United against Sunderland. At the stroke of half-time, Sir Alex had him removed to make way for Luis Saha who eventually got the winner. Anderson had shown great potential while playing in Portugal for F.C Porto which made him enjoy the exceptional talent conditions since he hadn’t made enough national caps to qualify him to play in the premier League.
Although, being United’s second Brazilian player after Kelberson heaped a lot of pressure on him, he endeared himself to the fans when he outplayed Cesc Fabregas in a F.A cup quarterfinal match against Arsenal. He was again pulled off for Scholes as United went on to secure a 4-0 victory.
This is why the sharp decline in Anderson’s form came as a rude shock to fans and foes alike, because at first, he gave glimpses of style that made pundits believe he could follow the footsteps of the great Keane. Many believed his dip in form came as a result of a change in role, they further argued that Anderson had played behind two strikers at Porto and not as a defensive mid-fielder as he his now deployed. Sir Alex kept his faith in the Brazilian but this was never enough as the highlight of Anderson’s carrier at United remained bleak.
After several years of not so promising displays, David Moyes finally loaned him out to Fiorentina early this year with the hope that a different environment and style of play will energize the Brazilian but reports from Italy hasn’t been encouraging, the United star failed to impress. Now he is back to the fold and things aren’t the same. Mediocrity is hardly cordoned in today’s Manchester United to the extent that even vice captain Fletcher has had to content himself with the substitute role.
If Anderson wants to leave, then he should. In fact United should cut their losses and cash in on him. They already have Blind and Herrera, Fletcher and Carrick and serve as backup. Also considering Van Gaal’s characteristic faith in the youth, we are likely to see some promising reserve team mid-fielders making appearances. Anderson is already at his prime, he is already 26 years old and his decision should be inclined towards any club that can offer him regular play time. Manchester United cannot afford him that.
Subsequently, if the rumors of his imminent move be true, then Oliveira should grab this opportunity with both hands. Manchester United will wish him luck.