Man United boss blasts midfield flop over poor fitness

Manchester United boss slams midfield flop Anderson over unsatisfactory level of fitness, Express reports.

The Brazilian ace was purchased from FC Porto for £22million back in the summer of 2007 but never came close to justifying the hefty price tag.

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And with Anderson’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the former prodigy will be expected to finally end his Old Trafford career.

Louis van Gaal has commented on Anderson’s return from injury, but demands that the 26-year-old needs to be fit before anything else can improve.

Van Gaal said: “He’s now coming back. He was injured but he’s training now with the team. I cannot say what had happened last year but in my four months here, he’s had a lot of injuries.

“I can’t pick him now because you have to be fit. For the first three months the culture of a trainer is fitness. That is the smallest thing you can demand. Professional league fitness.

“Fitness is the most important thing. First you have to show your fitness. Not for just one day but for several weeks.

“I cannot judge him – but when he trains, he trains at a good level. He’s not always fit and that is more his problem now.”

Anderson has only played in one league game this season, coming on as a substitute in a 0-0 draw against Burnley.