Two players happy to see Sir Alex Ferguson leave Manchester United?

Could Sir Alex Ferguson's exit from Manchester United save the careers of Nani and Anderson?

Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement is as many have described it, a bombshell to the world of football.

Even opposition players will struggle to get their heads around taking on a United side without Fergie in the dugout, so you can imagine how the players at the club feel.

Yet tinged with emotion, each player will suddenly fear for their own future, and be worried whether their star status at the club will continue.

Perhaps on the other side of that, players heading for the exit door may just selfishly breathe a sigh of relief that their Manchester United careers might not be over just yet.

And that's where Nani and Anderson come in.

Both players were signed from Sporting Lisbon and Porto respectively back in 2007, but have failed to produce the performances they were billed to be able to offer, on a consistent basis.

Nani has just one year left on his contract, and is expected to be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations for new players this summer, while Anderson has started just eight Premier League games this season.

It has been told many a time by former players, most recently Bebe, that Nani was a regular recipient of Fergie's infamous 'hairdryer' while Anderson clearly no longer has his trust to start in the big games, and when he does play, does not appear to believe he is in with a chance of making an impact.

Any new boss would change all that, as a new manager would surely like to have a proper look at both players, rather than simply viewing them as poker chips in transfer negotiations for new ones.

Both players will start from scratch and have an opportunity to rejuvenate their careers, and in Anderson's case, believe so.

The personnel of the new boss will have a bearing however. You feel they may struggle with the managerial style of David Moyes as they did with Sir Alex Ferguson, however if Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho was to come in, they may just feel at home.

The summer could begin or even end with both players being sold, but in light of Fergie's retirement, Nani and Anderson suddenly have more chance of remaining Manchester United players than they did 24 hours earlier.

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