A media storm has been ignited as the Manchester United's on-loan midfielder Anderson has been accused of making claims about unrest at the super club.
Anderson and football supporters reacted angrily after reports indicated that he had spoken against United and David Moyes in an interview at a Fiorentina press conference.
The Telegraph's Mark Ogden reported the following from Anderson's conference:
Manchester United outcast Anderson has warned of a summer exodus from Old Trafford after claiming that several of his team-mates “want out” of the club.
“I am sure that lots of players want out,” Anderson, 25, said. “Especially people like myself and Nani, who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years.
"Manchester United is a huge club, a club that does everything for its players, but sometimes a footballer wants to leave just to experience a different way to play football and to learn something as well.
“Playing in Manchester was great, it is a prestigious club with a lot of history. But I was there for seven or eight years and I want to show Fiorentina my quality and fight for a spot in the starting line-up. I thank all Manchester United fans for their love, but I’m here to stay.”
Anderson was quick to refute, however, as he took to his Instagram account to defend himself. He posted to his followers:
Anderson has been in large a failure at United despite amassing an impressive amount of medals during his time at the club, when he moved from Porto to the Premier League in 2007, per The Guardian.
The opportunity to go to Fiorentina was a huge one for the player who has completely fallen off the radar at international level, for Brazil.
He seems sure to miss the home World Cup for his nation, but if he finds his form in Serie A he would have an outside chance of making the squad.
The fall of Manchester United has covered a million miles of newspaper column inches in recent weeks and the Anderson quotes would have been yet another dagger in the heart of David Moyes' tenure.
But the Brazilian has always maintained that he loves United and appreciates what the club has done for him. His very public rebuttal of the comments is no surprise when the video evidence is viewed.
Despite this, Anderson has surely played his last game for United as Moyes attempts to stop the rot, and rebuild his football club.