Proof this is the end for Manchester United midfielder?

Anderson's inability to get a start for Manchester United last night surely confirmed his impending exit?

Manchester United had little to grumble about last night, in fact their 5-0 win at Bayer has only given manager David Moyes an increased selection headache ahead of the weekend.

One player who won't be in contention this weekend, barring an illness of epic proportions to members of the first team - is Anderson.

The fact he was overlooked once again by David Moyes against the German side was surely further evidence of his decreasing status in the United squad.

Let's run through this. Marouane Fellaini was suspended, Michael Carrick was injured, Darren Fletcher remains unfit, Tom Cleverley was benched, and yet still a 40-year-old and a defender get picked ahead of him.

Ryan Giggs and Phil Jones had terrific games, but their selections in the middle of United's midfield only served to confirm that Anderson is an increasing non-option in the centre.

He was brought on for the final 10 minutes in an attacking role, and contributed very little, skewing a late chance badly wide. A passage of play which summed up his United career in a nutshell.

The midfielder, 25, has not started a game since the 2-1 loss to West Brom on September 28.

If Anderson could not get a game in midfield last night, it just makes you wonder whether his chance will now ever come at all.

He has said he wants to fight for his place, rather than move on in January - but to be honest we doubt at this point he has any chance of success.

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