Anderson Does Not Plan to Leave Manchester United in January Transfer Window

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Anderson of Manchester United in action during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Anderson insists he is "not unhappy" at Manchester United and isn't looking for a move away from Old Trafford in the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Brazilian midfielder has failed to establish himself under David Moyes and is widely expected to leave the Premier League champions at the next available opportunity.

However, as noted in an interview with Stuart Mathieson of the Manchester Evening News, Anderson isn't looking to depart just yet: "I cannot say anything about other clubs showing an interest. I am at Manchester United and am a Manchester United player. I have to do my job here and work hard every day to make it work because that’s what I want."

Anderson has started just two games and made one substitute appearance for the Red Devils this season, his last display coming in the club's dismal 2-1 defeat to West Brom.

Despite this, the former Porto player remains hopeful of a brighter future, per his interview with Mathieson:

I am not unhappy. I am enjoying it and I know I will be ready whenever the manager picks me.

I haven’t spoken to David Moyes about my situation because I think I have a good situation at the moment. I love this club and I have been here for over six years.

I am only 25 years old and I have about seven years football left in me. So I have time on my side and I am happy at Old Trafford.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Anderson of Manchester United takes on Dwight Gayle (L) and Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 14, 20
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Reports have suggested Anderson could find himself shipped out to Fulham on loan, a move that would see him link up with former United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen, per Dominic Fifield of The Guardian.

Anderson has struggled to put a consistent string of games together since joining in 2007. Niggling injuries have hampered his progress and created fitness problems that have seen the player gain unneeded weight, a situation often mocked by fans and press, as reported by Simon Head of the Mirror.

Sir Alex Ferguson regularly tried to slot Anderson in when fit, something Moyes has yet to mimic. The arrival of Marouane Fellaini has pushed the player further down United's pecking order, and it's unlikely Anderson will receive too many more opportunities before the transfer window opens.

Even so, the loyal player is unwilling to consider a future that doesn't reside at Old Trafford, per Mathieson's report: "I am not thinking about moving on. All I am thinking about is helping my team, my teammates and doing the best for myself. I am a Manchester United player. I love the fans, I love the club. I love the way everyone supports the club -- it is amazing. It is the best club in the world."

Despite Anderson's admirable attitude, now is the right time for Moyes to move Anderson on. The likeable player has proven too prone to injury and is unable to regain the athletic shape he possessed upon arrival from the Estadio do Dragao.

His current deal runs until June 2015, as reported by the club's website, signalling United could recollect some of the £17 million they paid for the player who has struggled to capitalise on his potential.