United castaway believes in CL football at new club - unlike at Old Trafford

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Anderson believes Fiorentina will make the Champions League - something which looks very unlikely at Manchester United

Manchester United finally saw Anderson out of the door in the winter - as the Brazilian’s injury ravaged time at the club looks like coming to an end.

He has been sent out on loan to Serie A outfit Fiorentina until the end of the season - but La Viola are already considering a more long term deal for the divisive maestro.

He seemed upset to be leaving Old Trafford when he departed - but has now settled into the Florence life, even if he did not impress on his first two appearances for the club.

Fiorentina themselves have not been in good form - with defeats against Cagliari and Udinese in their past two Serie A matches causing them to fall off the pace in the Champions League race.

Luckily for them, Napoli have also struggled recently. Fiorentina and Napoli seem to be in a two horse race for the final Champions League spot in Italy - but Anderson believes his new side will make it to the Champions League next season.

Speaking to Italian television prior to his side's win against Atalanta he stated:

"It's a great moment for us, we want to engage Napoli in third place and then think about the game with Udinese in the Coppa Italia. It's all open to get to the final. Fiorentina ready for the Champions League? Definitely, we are in a good position in the standings. We have all the chance to win access to the highest European exhibition…"

If Fiorentina are to confirm Anderson’s prophecy - it could prove highly embarrassing for Manchester United.

United are currently off the pace in the Premier League - and given the performance of Liverpool today against Arsenal, any chance of making the top four looks ambitious at best.

With Anderson seemingly ready to be flogged in the summer, and Fiorentina keen - the disconcerting thought of United not playing Champions League football next season, while Anderson does, seems a real possibility.

Here’s hoping Napoli pull their finger out to avoid such an awkward situation.

image: © Gordon Flood

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