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Anderson to work hard for place in side

During his Manchester United career, Anderson has had to work extremely hard to get himself in the side. The competition for places has always been fierce.

The Brazilian has faced criticism about his fitness in the past too, so there have been many obstacles for him to work past as he looks to become an established member of Manchester United’s team.

Things are not likely to get any easier in the 2011/2012 season either, but if Anderson pushes himself to the maximum in pre-season and impresses Sir Alex Ferguson, there is, a gap in United’s midfield.

Paul Scholes retirement means that Anderson moves up the pecking order in terms of central midfielders at Old Trafford. As things stand, he is competing with Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs for one of the two positions.

Ashley Young has been brought in from Aston Villa and will wear Scholes’ famous No.18 shirt, but he is more comfortable on wide or in a hole behind a main striker. Therefore, he doesn’t affect Anderson’s chances of a place in the side.

There is of course a chance that Ferguson will bring in another central midfielder before the start of the season (Wesley Sneijder has been linked a lot this week), but Anderson can’t think about this.

He needs to make sure that he puts in the performances in pre-season to show that he can be called upon by Ferguson for the start of the Premier League season. Then, when he has grabbed hold of the New Man Utd Away shirt, he needs to hold onto it.

There is no doubt that Anderson has the talent to be the main man for the Red Devils. It is just bound to be hard work for him to confirm his place in the side amongst a squad and a club with such talent.

Anderson is in America with the rest of the United squad at the moment and will get his first chance to impress this summer against New England Revolution later this evening.

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