Is January the time for Anderson to leave Manchester United?

The Brazilian midfielder has been on the fringes of things at Old Trafford, and it could well be time for a move elsewhere in the new year.

Signed at great expense from Porto back in 2007, Anderson was expected to be a player to drive Manchester United forward from his berth in central midfield.

However, injuries and a lack of consistency have haunted the South American’s time at Old Trafford, with the feeling that he has never really lived up to his billing in England.

The Brazil international has found himself down the pecking order under David Moyes, despite limited options for the Scot in the boiler room, and has openly admitted his discontent at a bit-part role.

Anderson has only started two of United’s eleven Premier League games this term, with Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs and Marouane Fellaini preferred by the Old Trafford manager.

With Darren Fletcher returning to fitness and the inevitable resumption of the search for a new midfield playmaker come January, is it time that United cut their losses on Anderson?

Once a feature in the Brazil national squad, the 25-year-old has little chance of featuring at the World Cup next summer, despite his ambitions of doing so.

To salvage a faltering career and for him to prove his worth, the player needs to leave Old Trafford in search of first-team football elsewhere.

A loan switch in January would even give the Brazilian an opportunity to show what he is capable of, get back to full match fitness and put himself in the shop window for the summer.

In reality, for United a loan switch is relatively pointless, as it seems like the ex-Porto man has a limited future at the club under Moyes.

A loan switch to Fulham has been coined in the British press, which would be a good move for Anderson. However, it feels like for the player to get back to his best, a permanent switch to the continent, where the game suits him better, would be the ideal option.

For United, the £20 million they spent on Anderson some six years ago seems to have held the player back, with the Brazilian’s time in Manchester more frustrating and unsuccessful than fruitful.

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