Anderson or Cleverley – Fergie decides!
Following the retirement of Paul Scholes, Sir Alex Ferguson has had some thinking to do with regards a replacement and deciding what is his best central midfield partnership.
With so many attacking options at Old Trafford, Fergie appears to have reverted to two up front this season which means one less spot in the middle of the park. Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher look set to battle it out for the holding role, but it is the other position which will cause the manager more headaches.
Young Tom Cleverley has worked his way into the manager’s plans, after impressing on loan at Wigan last season, but injury has struck him at a bad time.
A rash challenge from Bolton’s Kevin Davies has led to the England Under-21 star being ruled out for a month, by which time he will have a battle on his hands to get his place back, if United’s current form continues. Anyone following the football betting will know just how good they have been.
Anderson is arguably the most improved player at Old Trafford in the last couple of seasons, with the Brazilian now showing the potential the manager always felt he had.
The former Porto man has been a different player and the change seemed to coincide with his recovery from a serious car accident in August 2010.
Anderson has the power to be a box-to-box midfielder and has also found the knack of chipping in with goals – bagging in the recent 3-0 success over Tottenham. The Brazilian will cover more ground than Cleverley, but the Englishman’s passing and composure on the ball can often be telling and those looking at the football odds should remember this.
With Anderson 23 and Cleverley just 22, the pair look set to battle it out for some time and it’s not a bad dilemma for the manager to have!