Anderson has questioned whether he was given enough chances by David Moyes at Manchester United this season.
The 25-year-old told The Sun that although Moyes treated him well as an individual, he begrudged the fact that he was given so little playing time once the actual season had started.
He said: “To be honest I’ve not had the chance. He gave me one chance or a half but not a lot.
“He is the manager and I have to respect him. He treated me well and he has a lot of players. I have to play and have my chance. It is better for me at Fiorentina.
“The manager wants me and has shown his trust, I can show him my football.”
“We hope to have a longer contract with him.” Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade
I’m not sure I can agree with Anderson on this one. He was given more minutes than any player in the pre-season so Moyes gave him ample opportiunity to impress him enough to earn a starting XI spot once the season had begun. Yes, they were not competitive minutes but they were plenty enough for Moyes to be able to fairly pass his own judgment on Anderson as a player.
His poor performance against West Brom back in September saw him taken off just after the hour and in light of that performance, Moyes didn’t give him another start for nearly three months.
The fact of the matter is that Moyes gave Anderson his chances but he simply didn’t take them which meant Moyes wasn’t confident enough to use him, even when we had so few central midfield options thanks to injuries.
Sorry Anderson, if there is any United player who cannot bemoan the chances he was given, you’d be first on the list. Very few players who underperform for six years get to remain at a club, let alone at United.