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Anderson claims Manchester United players want out of Old Trafford

Feb 3, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT


Brazilian midfielder Anderson claims that a number of Manchester United players “want out” in the summer time.

“I am sure that lots of players want out,” Anderson said. “Especially people like myself and Nani, who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years.”

Taken out of context, Anderson’s comments could be seen as a slight of David Moyes or the club in general. But that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

“Manchester United is a huge club, a club that does everything for its players,” Anderson went on, “but sometimes a footballer wants to leave just to experience a different way to play football and to learn something as well.”

In other words, Anderson doesn’t seem to be hating on United as much as noting that some players at the club are collecting dust. Mainly, guys like the aforementioned Nani, Rio Ferdinand and to some extent, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

The futures of these players, all of whom have expiring contracts, hang in the balance. The same went for Anderson whose move to Serie A side Fiorentina on loan in the January transfer window might just save his footballing career.

Upon arriving at Old Trafford in 2007-08 the highly-touted Brazilian appeared in 24 Premier League matches. His talent failed to pan out, however, and over the course of the next six years he never made more than 18 league appearances in a season. Failing to impress Moyes and drawing the ire of the fans who once believed he was the creative midfielder of the future, the time had come for Anderson to move on.

And now, he seems happy trying to reinvent himself in Italy. “Playing in Manchester was great, it is a prestigious club with a lot of history,” Anderson said. “But I was there for seven or eight years and I want to show Fiorentina my quality and fight for a spot in the starting line-up, I thank all Manchester United fans for their love but I’m here to stay.”

  1. truecelt - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Well he’s not wrong, and let’s be honest, this is a bit like someone saying “I quit” before they’re fired, they get to retain some notion of pride or ego, but the reality is they haven’t done enough to secure their job in the moments that count most. Say what you want, but change is absolutely guaranteed at United now, and it’s better for all parties that a few players show initiative and dodge the axe before it swings, because make no mistake, Moyes wants to cut the squad down and start again. Ferdinand, Vidic, Nani, Evra, perhaps Cleverly and even Hernandez are all in line to be moved on. Out of that lot, none of them are lighting up the games they play in, not by a long shot. Add to that the young players like Jones and Smalling who were brought in to complement rather than carry the team who are now struggling under the burden, and it can only improve United to reshuffle things significantly.

    Ferdinand will be a loss, he’s a natural leader, nice guy, ambassador, he’d be good to keep, but not for footballing reasons, he gets injured a lot and Fergie was right, he has lost a few yards of pace. Vidic is nowhere near the player he used to be, that big injury ruined him. It gets a bit silly to have the club captain on the treatment table all the time, and it must be hard for him to ever influence the team off the field, especially with new players coming in. Seems like he’s being quite mercenary about his contract too, so if he isn’t interested in staying then ship him and get rid of the hassle, he’s not the player he used to be. Nani has never been consistent. Nuff said. One good season and a ridiculous amount of irritation and groans the rest of the time. He’s nearing his peak and looks below the standard, and I’m absolutely convinced Rooney becomes enraged by him a lot of the time, he’s always giving him such frustrated looks for downright stupid crosses or bad passes. And Patrice Evra is declining physically, at a rapid rate, he can’t carry the same pace any more, and he’s never been good at marking or in the air. Another player just honestly past his best.

    Moyes may or may not be good enough. But I think it’s fair to believe Fergie would be getting rid of these players under these circumstances, you can only carry weak links for so long. How about bringing Gundogan, Tiote or even Gary Medel in, and having a look to see if raiding Athletico Madrid is an option? Miranda or Felipe Luiz would be good additions, or Garay at Benfica. Coentrao seems to potentially be available, and if not then there must be one or two in United’s sights at left back, maybe Luke Shaw is viable. Would anyone change United’s attacking lineup, with Carrick deep, Rooney, Mata, Januzaj and Van Persie? There’s a great team there, they’re just balanced on really shaky foundations, like a house built on soft ground, or even ice. Fix the foundations and you’ll see the team shine, Fergie stuck to that philosophy, the first priority has to be a good defence, and build from there. This United side aren’t far off the pace, and if you look at Liverpool and Arsenal, they prove the point that a single player can provide the inspiration to change a team completely.

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