Manchester United's struggles during the early stages of the 2013/14 campaign can be put down to a number of varying factors.
Perhaps the most prominent of such woes is the problems they have had in attempting to establish a stable and adequate midfield pairing following the final retirement of the truly iconic figure of Paul Scholes.
New United boss David Moyes has a number of options in this particular area, but he is seemingly struggling to settle upon a proven pair capable of plugging the sizeable void left by Scholes' departure.
One midfielder who has abjectly failed to establish himself at Old Trafford is Brazilian Anderson. This week, the 25-year-old - who joined United from Portuguese champions FC Porto in 2007 and has incurred the wrath of the Red Devils faithful for several seasons - has reportedly been made available for sale by Moyes at a cut-price fee of around £8 million.
It is my - albeit somewhat controversial - opinion that Chelsea should take advantage of such a deal and offer Anderson the chance to save his faltering career.
Clearly, the Brazilian does have something special to his game. Although he may not have shown that often enough during his troubled stint in the North West, United must have seen a talent worth pursuing after paying such a remarkably high price.
Anderson is still just 25-years-old. Is everyone really willing to write off his career at such a relatively young age simply because he has thus far failed to live up to a high billing? That attitude is archaic and just plain ridiculous.
Chelsea have an abundance of attacking midfield talent, that much is evident. However, behind the deeper starting duo of Frank Lampard and Ramires, they are a little short on players capable of performing similar duties when that aforementioned pair are forced to miss out.
Michael Essien - although evidently still a favourite of Jose Mourinho - is sadly no longer able to keep pace with life in the Premier League, while John Obi Mikel has proved himself to be unable to sufficiently impose himself on top-flight matches.
Transfers between title rivals do not occur particularly frequently, but in this instance I do not believe that United would have too much of a problem.
Do not misunderstand me, Anderson should be in no way viewed as a long-term first-team fixture for Chelsea.
However, if they are looking to provide adequate cover for the likes of Lampard and Ramires in the short-term but are not willing to spend extravagant sums on such bit-part players during the traditionally uncertain January transfer window, then Anderson could well play a role.
The talent does reside within the Brazilian, it's just a matter of finding the right man and - more importantly - the right club to coax it out of him on a more consistent basis. If anyone can achieve this, it is the enigmatic figure of Mourinho.
A fresh start could be just what he needs.
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