Manchester United midfielder Anderson claims he has tried to leave the Premier League leaders "many times", but says the matter is out of his hands, reports Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old has endured a frustrating spell in England since arriving in a £20million deal from Porto in 2007, with a number of injury problems disrupting his progress at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a huge admirer of the Brazilian, but has been unable to offer Anderson the regular football he so desperately craves, as he looks to take his game to the next level.

The South American schemer has fallen down the Manchester United pecking order, with Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley, more often than not Ferguson's first-choice pairing.

Add to that, the fact he is able to call upon Red Devils veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, as well as deploy Phil Jones in a central midfield role, and the reason why Anderson has not had much of a look-in becomes clearer.

"What can I say? I have three more years of contract, I have tried to leave many times and never succeeded to do so," he said in a recent interview with Globo Esporte.

Having not featured for Brazil's national team since 2008, Anderson is focused fully on his domestic football, and knows he needs to establish himself in Manchester United's first-team before he can think about a return to Luis Felipe Scolari's squad.

"The national team is always good but we have to think about the second leg and about the English league," added Anderson, in reference to the forthcoming Champions League last-16 second leg clash with Real Madrid.

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