Anderson’s future almost certainly lies away from Old Trafford, after the player’s representative, Jorge Mendes, was spotted in Helena with Carlos Freitas, sporting director of Greek club, Panathinaikos.
The Greek giants will make a formal approach for Anderson in January, and United will surely accept any reasonable offer for a player who is now clearly surplus to requirements.
Indeed, it was all but inevitable that the United midfielder would look to move elsewhere, having failed once again this season to force his way into the first team. Despite making a promising start to his United career, a string of injuries, poor performances and persistent rumours of arguments with manager Alex Ferguson have meant that a transfer now looks to be in both parties’ best interests.
United fans will always have fond memories of Anderson’s finest hour; a commanding performance at Anfield when he bossed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard for 90 minutes, yet the 22 year-old has never since looked like becoming the player such a performance promised.
Indeed, Anderson’s contributions since then have been little more than exasperating; the player has netted only once in 58 appearances for United, begging the question of just how United managed to sign the only Brazilian in the world who cannot shoot?!
Indeed, Anderson’s strengths are very difficult to define: he is not a particularly gifted passer of the ball, has no more pace or strength than any of his teammates, and could never be described as a fine tackler or a midfield enforcer. The only position he plays in is central midfield, so he cannot even be kept on the books as a utility player, à la John O’Shea.
So, yet another name on the list of South Americans who failed to make it in the Premiership, then.
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