Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Anderson will be out of action for at least another month through injury, and that Dimitar Berbatov may well be sold in the summer due to lack of regular football.
The Brazil international has had a frustrating season due to injuries, and the Old Trafford manager has admitted that the midfielder’s hamstring is still causing him problems.
“Anderson could be out for four or five weeks due to his hamstring,” Ferguson told the club’s official website.
“Some hamstrings are relatively straightforward but we have to wait and see how he is in the next week or so to get a better idea of where we stand with him.”
Ferguson did confirm that Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans would start against Athletic Bilbao in San Mames, as the Premier League champions try to overhaul a 3-2 first leg defeat in the Europa League.
“Phil Jones went down with flu yesterday.
“It’s a difficult tie for us. Bilbao have a tremendous advantage after winning at Old Trafford. It’s a challenge but not one that is beyond us.
“Our record away from home helps us – we’ve done very well. We’re going to need a good performance,” he continued.
Finally, Ferguson admitted that fringe forward Berbatov may leave Old Trafford in the summer in search of regular action.
“At 31, he is looking at first-team football. It is difficult for me to guarantee that, so it could lead to him looking elsewhere
“We will be taking up the option on his contract but, having had chats with him, I understand he wants to get first-team football.
“It is something we need to consider at the end of the season. For a player of his age and his ability, it is disappointing for him that he is not getting first-team football.
“We will look at the end of the season but until then, he remains at United,” the coach confirmed.
By Gareth McKnight