Anderson aims to earn back his spot in Manchester United team
Believe it or not, but Anderson has been a regular player for Manchester United since 2007. The Brazilian midfielder has rarely played for the Red Devils during the past two months, yet he can boast about 174 appearances after being signed from Porto.
Anderson, who last featured in a Premier League game on September 28, appears to have grown out of favor in the eyes of Manchester United manager David Moyes. Rumors are linking the 25-year-old with a move to Fulham after falling down the pecking order at Manchester United.
Marouane Fellaini’s arrival appears to have halted Anderson’s progress at Manchester United. Lack of action and former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen’s arrival in Martin Jol’s staff at Fulham would certainly make Anderson ponder about moving to Craven Cottage this fall.
For now Anderson is adamant about continuing his career at Old Trafford. Anderson told Manchester Evening News that he wasn’t “thinking about moving on”.
“I cannot say anything about other clubs showing an interest,” Anderson said. “I am at Manchester United and am a Manchester United player. I have to do my job here and work hard every day to make it work because that’s what I want.
“I am not thinking about moving on. All I am thinking about is helping my team, my teammates and doing the best for myself. I am a Manchester United player. I love the fans, I love the club. I love the way everyone supports the club -- it is amazing. It is the best club in the world.”
Anderson is eager to earn a spot in the Moyes’ first-team, although the Scotsman has snubbed him for Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Ryan Giggs, and Tom Cleverley in the midfield.
“It is good with the new manager. I have no problems with David Moyes. He’s new and it is completely different. We have to help him to be successful,” Anderson said.
“I have played only two games this season and I tried to do my very best for the team, but it is very hard when you only play a small part now and then.
“But I am not unhappy. I am enjoying it and I know I will be ready whenever the manager picks me. I haven’t spoken to David Moyes about my situation because I think I have a good situation at the moment. I love this club and I have been here for over six years.
“I am only 25 years old and I have about seven years football left in me, so I have time on my side and I am happy at Old Trafford. I had a lot of injuries last season. I have come back now to help United. I came back in preseason and felt good and I have been fit now all season.
“I just have to wait for the moment and when it comes for me then I have to take that opportunity.”
Anderson will probably have to wait for a severe injury crisis in the midfield department or record exceptionally good performances in mediocre domestic games to win over Moyes’ trust.