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Anderson talks – puts speculation to bed

Anderson spoke to Sportsmail putting an end to speculation that he may be heading for the exits at Old Trafford. This late in the window, with Ferguson saying “he won’t buy anyone”, it would surprise me if he were to boot someone out of the door. Anderson has gone down in estimation with some fans due to an inconsistent second season, and there were reports of a bust up between Ferguson and him over his non-selection in the Community Shield. Whether he’s rated by many or not, he still has a role to play this season, and considering we are a little thin on central midfield, the last thing we’d want is to be losing another midfielder and buying a winger.

This is what the Brazilian had to say to the Mail

‘I believed that I would play in the Community Shield but that is forgotten now. I thought that, without Cristiano Ronaldo around, I could to play more and that has been my challenge from pre-season onwards. But the coach decides the teams and to discuss this with him is foolish because he is the chief. I do not want to leave United. No.

‘Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded a bigger effort from me and I accept that. Because to get in to this United team is very complicated and difficult for any player.’

It does confirm there was a ‘bust up’, so to speak, and it’s good to see he wants to prove himself. But it does leave room for the possibility of other clubs being encouraged to bid for him next summer. (I wouldn’t be surprised — although, these days, not too many things surprise me anyway.)

There, so Anderson has spoken. It’s now time for Carrick — who normally opens his mouth to any hack within spitting distance — to put any speculation regarding him to bed, one way or the other.