#FreeAnderson - The Manchester United Twitter campaign to support

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It is not just Shinji Kagawa who wants rescuing from the Manchester United bench.

We don't want to pile the pressure on David Moyes but...

With a #FreeShinji campaign going viral, it seems only fair his Brazilian clubmate should get the same kind of backing to get some match action this season.

Anderson has been at Manchester United since 2007, and never really managed to get close to fulfilling his potential. It had seemed as though United were signing a playmaker, but in his first season he looked more of a Roy Keane, mixing it with Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas memorably in midfield.

Even this he has struggled to replicate since, in his own words, whenever he gets a nice run of form together, it is ruined by injury.

"I just want to play as many games as I can. I just hope I can stay clear of injuries," Anderson told Inside United.

"I've been training hard on the training pitch and in the gym and working on my conditioning. I am pleased with how things are going and, whenever the manager needs me, I will be ready."

Anderson often cuts a portly figure, and the next line may concern supporters, but his attitude appears spot on:

"I have been eating well and sleeping well, while I have also been coming into training on my days off to do more work. It has really helped me and I feel great.

"I think it's a big season for me, for everyone. However, I don't want to say that and then pick up another injury. I have often started seasons well, played six or seven games and then got injured."

Of course to have a chance, he needs to play in the first place. Anderson has played just four minutes this season, in the final moments against Swansea.

Last season Sir Alex Ferguson seemed to give up on him, starting just nine games in the Premier League, with a further eight substitute appearances.

Even more damning and equally reflective of his fitness, Anderson completed 90 minutes just once in the Premier League - a dead rubber 5-5 end of season draw against West Brom.

He started back-to-back games only twice, with two his longest streak of starts during 2012/13.

It's time for the Brazilian to step it up, in a year where a distant dream of reaching his country's World Cup squad is still a remote possibility, despite him not winning a cap since 2008.

The arrival of Marouane Fellaini will only increase competition in midfield, and frankly Anderson needs a bit of help.

This is where our, slightly tongue-in-cheek social media campaign comes in. Push the #FreeAnderson hashtag, promote it, and get it noticed. 

Without it Manchester United's number 8 could face another season on the club's nicely heated bench. #FreeShinji was so last week...

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