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It Would Be Foolish To Let Anderson Leave

It Would Be Foolish To Let Anderson Leave

There is a rumour doing the rounds: Anderson is on the verge of joining Lyon on loan after falling out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson. The manager reportedly tore into the Brazilian midfielder following his poor performance at City in the Carling Cup.

Anderson responded by going AWOL and Fergie fined him 80,000 for skipping training. Nothing has been confirmed but there are rumours and it is true that Anderson's attitude has been called into question before and with good reason.

A spokesman for his agent (oh my God, a spokesman of his agent, what has football come to?) apparently said that they were working on a move and it could be concluded before the transfer window closes. However, letting him go now would be foolish.

Admittedly, he failed to live up to the huge potential shown in his first season at United but he had some very good games and the main problem is his inconsistency which is not unusual for a player of his age. He can make it at United so based on talent and ability we should not let him go.

If it's a disciplinary issue, well, then Fergie is likely to be really stubborn and he probably won't even consider not sticking to his principles in this case but he should. For the simple matter that we will not have enough bodies in central midfield if Anderson leaves. We will have to rely on the aging Scholes and Giggs and the phantom that is Owen Hargreaves. The burden on Carrick and Fletcher would be just too much.

It's not the right time to rule with an iron fist. If he does not improve his attitude until the summer, then good riddance. But right know we should not shoot ourselves in the foot for the sake of showing a young player who's the boss.

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Date:Saturday January 30 2010
Time: 1:28PM


Every young player has their up's and down's. It's part of their maturing and Anderson will come good in time. I don't think SAF will lose patience with him this soon as he's had to deal with young players all of his time as a manager for United. This is not the first time he's had to deal with a rebellion player and it probably won't be the last. Anderson has the obvious talent and SAF knows he just has to be patient with him as he also been with young players before like Fletcher, Ronaldo, Rooney. Eventually they all showed their talent. Now I think it's time to leave Anderson alone and let him have his time to improve. He will come good in the end I'm sure of that!
30/01/2010 14:16:00
Yeah I agree and Andy for me should take a look at Nani,the way he has rediscovered himself,its just awesome,Andy can have a chat with him and who knows he might learn a thing or two from him.He can do a lot worse than that.
Antriksh (abmtd)
30/01/2010 14:39:00
We will soon come to know if there is any truth in these rumours or not.If andy is not there at the emirates,then we can say our goodbyes to him.I will hope that he is there,I wouldn't want to play scholes or giggs after they played against city but may be we can play valencia as I heard him once saying that he can play in the middle of the park and nani can play on the right.
Antriksh (abmtd)
30/01/2010 14:45:00
Its easy to forget how young Anderson is. Scholes was only just starting out at his age. I would say that we should give him another year to show that he has the right attitude and then make a decision. Although, if Hugo Lloris is anywhere near as good as football manager likes to make out, at the age of 23, maybe we should offer them the rumoured swap deal as a keeper that special with 15 years left of his career is hard to come by.
30/01/2010 15:11:00
Also, I still dont think Anderson's been given a chance in his favoured position. He usually plays as part of a midfield three and he is always required to play one of the defensive roles as scholes and carrick dont really have the legs. If we had fletch and hargreaves (yes, he really is the solution to all our problems lol) then maybe there'd be less pressure on Anderson positionally which would free him up to play his natural game. I'd be a bit sad to see "the next ronaldinho" leave the club without ever having been given a chance to play in ronaldinhos position.
30/01/2010 15:15:00
Agree with the above. I dont think SAF will sell Anderson just yet, he is still very young and he is the future of the club. As pointed out earlier he hasn't been given the chance in his favoured position in midfield yet and the day a certain ginger prince hangs up his boots then maybe he will have more time to play in his favoured position and go forward as well. I think a swap deal with Hugo Lloris is not such a good idea as we would be short of cover in midfield and there are other alternatives as well being mentioned for the goalie spot. My personal favorite is Akinfeev although I dont think he will end up at United. Hope VdS goes for another year..he is to me the best goalie in the PL by far today.
30/01/2010 16:55:00
Anderson has a future at the club, but I truly believe he MUST learn as did Becks, Giggsy and Butt, and Scholesy NOT to incur the wrath of SAF
30/01/2010 22:20:00
He's supposed to be in the squad for the game this weekend. Its probably just a rumour. I also agree with Tuscan though, when anderson played with porto he played an attacking midfield role and a lot of people compared him with a young ronaldinho, whereas they seem to be trying to make him the next scholes. I'd love to see what he can do further up the pitch.
31/01/2010 01:38:00
He his a better player than some of Fergies sacred cows, but seems to get the blame too easyly.
31/01/2010 11:01:00
I agree with that actually. If Anderson showed some of the form scholes has over the season he'd be slated even more.
31/01/2010 13:22:00
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