It is fair to say that Anderson failed to live up to the considerable hype that accompanied his arrival at Manchester United.
And despite being a fan-favourite, the Brazilian midfielder now finds himself on loan at Italian side Fiorentina, and has the intention of remaining there for a long time if a recent interview is to be believed.
But as much as those quotes suggested his time at United was over, it was another line that stood out.
“I’m sure that lots of players want out,” he said. “Especially people like myself and Nani who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years.”
It is no surprise that Anderson felt it was time for a new challenge. He has barely featured under David Moyes and has never really shown consistently what he can do. As for Nani – who arrived on the same day from Portugal back in 2007 – he has long been linked with the exit, despite recently signing a new five-year deal that has done anything but alleviate said rumours.
But “lots of players” – headline writers can have a field-day with that one.
After all, United are in the middle of a tough campaign and the excitement following the arrival of Juan Mata was quickly replaced by a renewed bout of disappoint after Saturday’s loss to Stoke City.
In time we will see just how many of the current United side remain for the long haul. But Anderson’s quotes paint another interesting picture of life at Old Trafford this season.
One thing is for sure – Moyes needs players who want in not out.
You can see Anderson's full interview below:
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