Anderson: Make or break season at United
Manchester United news: Anderson needs to impress this season
Anderson admits he needs to impress this season for Manchester United – or face leaving the club.
The 24-year-old has failed to live up to his potential having made the move to Old Trafford from Porto for a reported £27 million, making 148 appearances and scoring eight goals in his five years at the club.
Anderson scored his first goal of the 2012/13 season in United’s 2-1 win over Newcastle last week, and says he is now focusing on fighting his way into the first team in what could be a make or break campaign.
“This season is very important. I need to prove what I can do,” he said.
“I know the boss and my team-mates believe in me, I’ve just had bad luck.
“Hopefully I can get a run of playing, enjoy my football and help the team win trophies.”
Before the former Porto man can secure a starting berth however he must get past the likes of Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher, and Michael Carrick, as well as Tom Cleverley and Nick Powell.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits Anderson faces a tough task in breaking into the first team given the amount of options he has in midfield – but added it would be ‘difficult’ to leave him out after his recent performances.
“Anderson is a difficult one to leave out,” Ferguson said.
“But I don’t think there’s been anything wrong with the form of Scholes or Carrick.
“So it’s difficult to involve other central midfielders when there’s always a desire to play with two wide players.
“Anderson has done nothing wrong. His pre-season form was terrific.
“He’s a top player but I still think that Scholes is a great player.
“With Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Nick Powell, it gives me a lot of different options.”