More than seven years after he signed, is it time for Manchester United and Anderson to move on?
The Brazilian midfielder would have been out of Old Trafford by now, had a decent offer come in for his service during the summer, and the chances of that happening in January remains slim.
He remains very much a non-option for Louis van Gaal, there in the squad to make up the numbers, but a last resort.
Once very highly regarded, the midfielder frequently looks unfit, and has barely played in 2014, even on loan at Fiorentina.
At a time when United's midfield has lacked quality, and has had Michael Carrick missing through injury, the Brazilian should have been able to step up to make a claim for himself.
The 26-year-old should be reaching his peak, but has played only 20 minutes of Premier League football this season.
Instead now the best option for United, would be to break contract with him, and allow him to find a club as a free agent.
Otherwise their only alternative would likely be sending him on loan in January, and even they will land up paying most if not all of his wages.
Even disappointing forward Bebe managed to secure himself a move away from United in the transfer window, interest in Anderson appeared non existent.
If there are any fans who still believe the Brazilian will come good, they are eternal optimists, for it seems surely after seven seasons, his time must be coming to an end, and putting him out of his misery early to allow him to rebuild his career by playing regularly is the kindest option.