There is nothing more frustrating in football than to see a hugely talented young player failing to live upto his potential and Manchester United midfielder Anderson is certainly one of those players who has flattered only to deceive.
Hailed as one of the best young players in 2007, Anderson seemed to have the world at his feet and Manchester United were convinced enough with his abilities to part with a whopping £26million to secure the services of the then teenager.
Anderson has flattered to deceive at United
Anderson did make a good start to life at Old Trafford but persistent injuries allied by a loss of form meant that the Brazilian midfielder never really managed to hit the heights that were expected from him early on in his career.
Now 26, Anderson seems unlikely to ever make it at United. The midfielder had moved to Fiorentina on loan in January last season in a bid to revive his career but struggled at the Stadio Artemio Franchi as well.
Anderson seems unsellable
With Anderson commanding ridiculous wages of around £60,000-per-week, the midfielder has almost been an unsellable player for United and it is believed that the Red Devils are now considering terminating the Brazilian’s contract in January.
Now to fuel speculation that he is on his way out of Manchester, Anderson has admitted that he is looking for an exit from Old Trafford and talked up the possibility of making a return to his first club Gremio.
The midfielder admits he is looking to leave United
Anderson said, “There’s always the possibility of returning to Grêmio. It’s my home and I still support them – everyone knows that. It would allow me to be near my family. I’ve spoken to [Grêmio] before but it never reached the point of a [concrete] offer.
“I was close to moving before I went to Fiorentina. I was prepared to take a pay cut but the club didn’t get back to me. I respect all clubs in Brazil. Grêmio had & still have a chance, but it’s not all up to me. Internacional were also interested.”
While United terminating Anderson’s contract would be a huge shame as they had spent over the odds to sign the midfielder, the move would perhaps be an amicable solution which would benefit all the parties involved.