Rene Meulensteen is interested in taking Anderson on loan to Fulham according to the Manchester Evening News.
The 25-year-old has only made two starts for Manchester United this year despite having one of his best pre-seasons with the club and looks out of favour with David Moyes.
Given how well he performed on the tour, it was strange to see Anderson cut out of the squad but Moyes clearly doesn’t trust him enough to play him or doesn’t think he is doing enough work on the training ground to warrant opportunities – something isn’t right.
However, despite all of that, a loan move to Fulham wouldn’t be right for either the player or club.
From United’s point of view, if Anderson is going to leave the club it should only be on a permanent basis. Would a loan spell to Fulham be expected to revive Anderson’s faltering career in the Premier League or simply delay his exit from Old Trafford? Arguably, the latter. United aren’t spoilt for midfield options either so letting one leave on loan would stretch the squad even further without gaining anything.
As for Anderson, moving to Fulham on loan would not guarantee him first team football either and I think if he was to leave United, it would be to go back to Portugal or Brazil. He may have worked under Meulensteen in the past but a move to Craven Cottage could potentially put him in exactly the same situation he currently has at Old Trafford.
After six years of disappointment and curtailed progression, Anderson should leave United in the summer to revive his own career if anything. From the club’s standpoint, giving that squad spot to someone like Nick Powell would make a lot more sense as he is seen as a future first team player at Old Trafford whereas Anderson, for all his talent and ability, has never lived up to the expectations.