United Call Time on Anderson’s Old Trafford Spell
So Anderson’s time at Manchester United appears to finally be up – and the talented but inconsistent Brazilian will no doubt look back on his six-and-a-half years at Old Trafford as a chance wasted to establish himself at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The 25-year-old has agreed a loan switch to Italian side, Fiorentina, with a view to a permanent move after being shown the door by David Moyes, who hopes by making room in his first-team squad and getting rid of players not up to scratch he can bolster his options with more quality for what he hopes will be an improved second half of the season.
Anderson has been one of the game’s great enigmas in recent years, with the odd flash of brilliance punctuating plenty of disappointing performances by a player once touted in the live football commentary as the natural successor to Roy Keane at the club. How foolish those early claims now look.
Put simply – Anderson has badly failed to live up to his potential and United have ran out of patience with the former Porto player, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2007 amid plenty of hype for a big £20m fee at the time.
There have been occasions in recent seasons when, finally, Anderson looked to have got the message and he appeared to be developing into the type of player regular observers of United thought he was going to be. But for every step forward he took, the unpredictable star seemed to then take several back to leave first Fergie, the club’s fans and then Moyes tearing their hair out.
Make no mistake, Anderson has plenty of natural talent but he does not seem to be able to cope with the demands of the English game for one reason or antother and there remain big question marks over his temperament and work ethic.
So he heads to Serie A with Fiorentina and it may just be a move that suits him. Undeniably, the Italian top flight has a slower pace to it and Anderson may be able to influence matches far more there with less pressure on him to deliver week in, week out in the goldfish bowl of Old Trafford.
He had often claimed he was unfairly being left out by United but when he did get the chance he failed to deliver and now his Red Devils’ career lies in tatters – barring an amazing U-turn by Moyes in the summer.
Some will say he still has his best years ahead of him and it would not be a major surprise to football betting fans to see Anderson maturing in Italy and catching the eye with some big performances in Serie A but, after over six years without making any sort of impact, he seems destined to go down as an expensive failure in England.