Anderson played the most minutes out of any Manchester United player in the pre-season tour of Asia and looked like a different player. He featured in every game and completed 90 minutes three times in six appearances, prior to the tour he had completed 90 minutes less than 20 times in six years.
David Moyes looked like he had an immediate affection the Brazilian’s boisterously expansive style of play but instead of building on that pre-season, Anderson has retreated.
The 25-year-old has only made one start and Moyes has, for one reason or another, has chosen not to play him. The fact that Moyes decided to use Ryan Giggs in midfield against Liverpool when Anderson sat on the bench speaks volumes of how much Moyes trusts him.
Anderson looked like he had turned a corner this season after he openly admitted he needed improve his fitness and change his lifestyle to take the most of his chances at Old Trafford, but something has gone wrong.
Whether it is simply the case that Moyes didn’t think he has been the right tactical choice is hypothetical but the fact he is yet to start really says a lot about his chances this season.
With Carrick, Fellaini and Cleverley ahead of him in the pecking order, Anderson will be restricted to limited opportunities that he simply has to impress in if he is to have a chance at forcing his way into the first team.
The major factor for Anderson is holding his fitness. Every year, the cyclical process of Anderson playing well before getting injured has repeated itself. This is the fourth ‘big season’ in a row for Anderson but unless he can force his way into Moyes’ side, it will be a season he spends predominantly on the bench.