Manchester United looked comfortable winners in the victory over Sunderland this Saturday lunchtime but some players looked more comfortable than others. The central midfield position was where this dynamic was most prevalent as Michael Carrick excelled in his holding role; and it was a good thing he did. His partner in crime Anderson was largely anonymous in the centre of the park before being hauled off late in the day.
Anderson is only 24-years-old so you can never forget he may still realise his ability at Old Trafford but it is being widely rumoured that Sir Alex is finally losing patience with the player and his battles with fitness and injury.
Anderson has recently spoken of his desire to play for his country at a home World Cup in 2014 and to do so he is going to have to do a lot to catch the eye. The former Porto man is currently well down the pecking order and has not featured for Selecao since 2008.
So to realise his dream what can Anderson do?
First things first he obviously needs to find regular football. No matter what that is not going to come at Old Trafford so an exit will be necessary if he is to make a dent on the national team once again.
So he could move elsewhere in the Premier League or Europe but unless it is with a big club there is such a wealth of Samba talent on the continent that he may find his performances diluted.
So if he really wants to catch the eye his best course of action is to join the growing throng of Brazilian players returning to their home country.
So could he partner up with a former Manchester City maestro by returning to his hometown club?
The Porto Alegre born player spent 12 years at Gremio before moving to Porto as a teenager and a return to the club would certainly be a positive course of action in pursuit of an international recall.
Gremio are one of the country’s wealthiest teams and have a plethora of big names currently in their ranks. Former Lyon defender Cris, AC Milan keeper Dida, Liverpool sicknote Fabio Aurelio and Bayern Munich veteran Ze Roberto to name a few.
They also have big names like Napoli’s Eduardo Vargas, Spartak Moscow’s Welliton and Arsenal full-back Andre Santos on loan at the club.
There is little doubt that Vanderlei Luxemburgo would love to partner up Anderson with the ex-Manchester City player in question - Elano.
If Anderson wants to earn a place back in the Brazilian side then partnering up with this former Manchester City enigma may very well prove profitable.
Should Anderson head back to Brazil?
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