The Manchester United player that could save Fulham's season

Fulham Craven Cottage

New manager Rene Meulensteen should make a bid for a player he coached during his time at Manchester United as he bids to turn Fulham's season around.

When it comes to the transfer window there is often a case of Deja-vu with managers and coaches raiding their former clubs to bring in talent and this January I have a feeling that we could see that trend continue, news which may please Fulham fans.

New boss Rene Muelensteen appears to be in the prime position to head to Manchester United in a bid to find players that could turn Fulham’s fortune around having served as the head coach under Sir Alex Ferguson before replacing Martin Jol at Fulham earlier in the week.

In my opinion there is one player currently on the books at Old Trafford who is surplus to requirements and who would fit in at Craven Cottage, and add some bite to a lacklustre midfield, Anderson.

Anderson has found opportunities hard to come by this season with new Red Devils manager David Moyes only giving him two chances so far in the Premier League, instead preferring Tom Cleverly and new arrival Marouane Fellaini who he signed from his former club Everton.

This is a stark contrast in fortunes for the Brazilian international that appeared 172 times for Ferguson a stat which equates to selection in 55% of possible matches since his 2007 switch from Porto.

Fulham who currently sit in 18th place in the league and with only 7 points from their last 10 games need a player of a certain type if they are to escape possible relegation, they need a dynamic, box-to-box midfielder who can win and retain possession and who has the vision to create chances and sniff out danger, they also need a winner and for me Anderson fits the bill. He offers all of the aforementioned skills and his trophy cabinet which includes three Premier League titles, a Champions League victory as well as League Cup and success on the continent suggests this also.

When Anderson joined United he did so in a deal worth around £20m, of course he wouldn’t command such a fee now but if he could guarantee Fulham’s safety then a bid around half of what United paid might be very worthwhile, another option of course would be to attempt a season-long loan with the view to buy a deal that could suit both parties.

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