Analysing Anderson's Comments on "Wantaway" Manchester United Stars

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentFebruary 4, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  Anderson of Manchester United looks on during a training session at Carrington Training Ground on November 19, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Anderson has swapped the Premier League for Serie A, but he's still causing a stir at Manchester United.

Speaking after his switch to Fiorentina last month, and reported by the Manchester Evening News, the Brazilian midfielder is quoted as saying "lots" of players "want out" at Old Trafford.

I'm sure that lots of players want out, especially players 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, to learn something as well.

I am grateful to be here to try and win as many titles as I have in Manchester. Definitely I want to stay here.

Playing in Manchester was great, it's a prestigious club with a lot of history but I've been there seven or eight years and I'm grateful to be here to show Fiorentina what I can do and fight for a spot in the starting lineup.

I'd like to thanks Manchester United fans for their love but I'm here to stay.

Anderson's comments were captured on video, although the 25-year-old later insisted on Instagram and United's official website he was misquoted.

But whether Anderson said it or not, it's a claim that's not a million miles away from the truth. 

He didn't say players were queuing up to leave because United were in decline or because they didn't trust new manager David Moyes.

He's quoted as saying some of the players want a change of scenery, especially those who have been at the club for a while.

FLORENCE, ITALY - JANUARY 26: Anderson of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Genoa CFC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 26, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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It's nothing new.

Moyes has made no secret of his desire to overhaul his squad. It started with Anderson leaving and Juan Mata arriving in January and will continue in the summer. New players will be brought in and old players will leave. 

It's possible that Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, all out of contract at the end of the season, will go in search of a new challenge.

Ryan Giggs, who turned 40 in November, might decide to announce his retirement and focus on his coaching career. Nani, although he signed a new contract in August, might choose to look for more regular first-team football elsewhere.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United gestures to Patrice Evra of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on October 5, 2013 in Sunderland,
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A United squad without Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani and Giggs would look a lot different to the one which has been so successful for the last seven years. 

But it's part of the evolution of a squad, one Moyes is hoping to oversee.

All Anderson's comments do are hint at a coming change at United, something Moyes has been quite open about.

It's only natural that a new manager would want to bring in his own players—and allow some old faces to leave.