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Anderson could get chance to shine this weekend

We can all admit Anderson has had a frustrating time this season after seeing Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick and new signing Shinji Kagawa all take his place at some stage in the Manchester United side – leaving the midfielder on the bench to make just a handful of appearances.

Indeed, Anderson has only made three starts this season and two appearances off the bench as fellow midfielders do the job for United at the top of the Premier League. However, the Brazilian’s chances of starting this weekend have been given a boost after Kagawa suffered an injury in midweek. Midway through the first half of United’s Champions League clash with Braga, Kagawa twisted his knee and although he battled on until the break it was clear he could continue. Being 2-1 down at half time Sir Alex Ferguson needed a flair player to come into midfield and so Nani was rightly introduced and fared well during the second half.

Anderson was yet again forced to warm the bench but this weekend’s clash against Chelsea could offer a reprieve for the 24-year-old.
With Kagawa out for the next few weeks and Javier Hernandez’s performance likely to keep Nani away of the team, Ferguson may be tempted to bring Anderson back to partner Carrick in midfield. He will offer the defensive capabilities Nani cannot – and will not – provide while having the legs Paul Scholes no longer retains against the lightning-fast Chelsea attack.

If Anderson can make a mark in Sunday’s clash then his passage back into the first team will be far easier. United need to take at least a point from the game to avoid falling too far behind the Blues, who began the season behind United in the Premier league title betting odds but are now out and out favourites. The man touted to replace Scholes when he joined five years ago is still to make that deep midfield position his own but if Ferguson chooses him to replace Kagawa this weekend, Anderson should shine at Stamford Bridge.

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