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The future of midfielder Anderson has been cast into doubt according to reports in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail.
The Mirror claims that Sir Alex Ferguson did not take kindly to Anderson’s reaction at being left out of the entire squad for the Community Shield clash with Chelsea – the Brazilian apparently saying he would rather be elsewhere than not in the squad prompted Ferguson to call his bluff.
The Mail goes a little further than this and claims that the coaching staff at Old Trafford have got concerns over Anderson after his “best friend” Ronaldo was sold in the summer.
After not featuring against Chelsea, Anderson was due to come on against Birmingham but an injury to Jonny Evans meant he was not brought on. He was played on the left wing in the defeat at Burnley before coming off.
The departure will be a blow for many United fans who were hoping after his difficult second season that he would flourish this year. However the loss of form that afflicted him last year divided many fans, though it would still be a bizarre move for Ferguson to ship Anderson out this close to the transfer deadline given that the alleged incident happened over 2 weeks ago.