Plenty of Manchester United fans would have got quite angry after Anderson left the club, joined Fiorentina on loan and then started bad mouthing the current regime, claiming that top stars wanted to leave Old Trafford.
The perception, from his point of view, would have been that he was moving onto better things but his new boss Vincenzo Montella didn’t see fit to bring him off the bench at any point as Fiorentina lost 2-1 to Inter Milan in Serie A yesterday.
Goals from Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi were enough to help Inter stay in fifth place in Serie A after Juan Cuadrado had equalised.
The reason he didn’t get any game time during the defeat couldn’t have been due to fatigue or injury. He’s made just three appearances for his loan side and only 13 appearances in all competitions this season.
He may have been held back for the Italian side’s Europa League game against Esbjerg on Thursday, which is promptly followed by a league match away at Parma next Monday night.
Anderson may have expected more first team exposure when he agreed to join Fiorentina because the theory behind the loan deal is that it would have allowed him to gain more first team game time.
However, the challenge facing him is the same challenge that faced him under David Moyes at Old Trafford; he needs to fight to become a regular starter at the club.
How much fight does he have in him? We’ll have to wait and see.
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