£18m worth of reasons why this United enigma must step up

Football FanCast guest columnist Dan James feels that next season is a pivotal one for Anderson.

One player that continually has the Old Trafford faithful split is the Brazilian midfielder Anderson.

Some feel he has the potential to be the all action midfielder in the mould of Keane, others see him as the long term successor to Scholes; however I fail to see either myself as he has flattered to deceive in either role during last season and he seems a shadow of that exciting prospect that arrived at Old Trafford; in truth looks like a player that looks lost out on the field and something has to change.

Perhaps Anderson has been affected by the various roles he has been asked to play, maybe he simply needs a run of games at United to find his consistency, but this is a decisive season for him at Old Trafford and it is time for him to start delivering his obvious potential.

There is a chance that the Brazilian is maybe the victim of his own versatility and not having a designated role in the team is a significant reason for his patchy form, but unfortunately we are in not in a position to carry passengers out there and every game is vital to the cause. You either deliver or you don't and Anderson was one of those players who let the team down massively in Rome against Barca and on various occasions throughout the season. We are certainly not getting value for the £18m+ we spent on him and the jury is certainly out on him.

I believe that Fergie given his way would have hoped that he had seen enough from him by now to be in a position to finally bring the curtain down on the likes of Scholes; however he has been forced to give him another year due to the fact that Anderson has failed to grasp the opportunity and show he is worthy of a regular start in the United midfield. Maybe Sir Alex needs to set him a permanent role for the team, so he is fully focused on what is demanded from him at Old Trafford. The time has come for the real Anderson to finally step up and not to mention justifies his £18m+ fee.

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