Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Selling Anderson Would Be Smart Business

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IAugust 26, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Anderson of Manchester United competes with Gareth Barry of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Selling underachieving midfielder Anderson before the summer transfer window closes would be a smart move for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Per the Daily Mail:

Manchester United are prepared to consider offers of £15million for Brazil midfielder Anderson and winger Nani as they seek to recoup some money after a summer of heavy spending. 

Sir Alex Ferguson has splashed out £45m on five players, including Robin van Persie, and club owners the Glazers are keen to trim the squad. With so many options in midfield, Anderson is considered disposable. 

Anderson arrived to the club with a lot of promise as an all-around midfielder, but he has underperformed too many times throughout his tenure.

Injuries forced him to feature in just 19 matches in all competitions last year, with just two goals scored.

Now in his sixth season with United, Anderson hasn't done enough to prove to Ferguson that he deserves a spot in the starting XI. The best move for the club would be to part ways with the Brazilian.

If a club is willing to offer anything more than £10 million for Anderson, Ferguson would be foolish not to accept.

Since Michael Carrick has been forced to play centre-back this season, selling Anderson to build some transfer funds for a defender would also be smart business.

It's time to give the new signings (Shinji Kagawa) and young players (Tom Cleverley) a chance to prove themselves, and not wait for Anderson to finally play to the level he's capable of.

Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.


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