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Big half season for Anderson ahead

Anderson’s hopes of staying at Old Trafford after the summer depend on his performances this spring, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly ready to bring in a new midfielder should the Brazilian fail to impress over the remainder of the season.

In December he confirmed he would not be leaving Old Trafford and after three decent starts in January there was genuine hope the 24-year-old was finally going to earn regular games under Ferguson.

Unfortunately, Anderson hasn’t featured in United’s last two games since playing 68 minutes for the club in their 2-1 victory over Southampton at the end of January. Appearances have been limited with the improved form of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley, while Shinji Kagawa’s return from injury this winter has put Anderson even further down the pecking order.

With United 12 points clear in the league, however, the midfielder may get a chance to prove himself on the domestic front as the betting is virtually up as far as the Premier League is concerned. Ferguson can sacrifice resources to focusing on the Champions League this season as the title is as good as wrapped up, so although Anderson may not feature in ‘major’ games this spring he still has a chance to impress over 12 remaining league fixtures.

The FA Cup could also be used as a platform to stay at OT past the summer. United haven’t won the trophy since 2004 and with Sir Alex eyeing up another treble reminiscent of the class of ’99 there is all to play for on the home front as well as in Europe.

United have a potential 24 games before the season is over and Ferguson cannot cope without a large squad. Anderson will therefore get his chance and must take it over the next few months. He is still to develop into a player worthy of his £20m price tag but fans on know there is talent in the midfielder and it would be sad to see him leave this summer.

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