Over the last couple of weeks, the Brazilian has been linked with a move to Fulham – presumably as the Cottagers are determined to secure a relegation spot – while a return to former club Porto and even a move back to Brazil were touted as more or less viable options for the 25-year-old.
However, those who were looking forward to the January transfer window in the hope they’d finally see the – rather large – back of Anderson will be disappointed to read that the United midfielder is perfectly happy with the current situation, and he does not see his limited involvement as an issue.
“I haven’t spoken to David Moyes about my situation because I think I have a good situation at the moment,” Anderson told the Manchester Evening News.
“I love this club and I have been here for over six years. I cannot say anything about other clubs showing an interest. I am at Manchester United and am a Manchester United player.
“But I am not unhappy. I am enjoying it and I know I will be ready whenever the manager picks me. I am not thinking about moving on.”
Anderson has attracted his fair share of criticism over the last couple of seasons, but it’s hard to blame him for not entertaining the thought of leaving the club.
At United Anderson receives a salary likely to be way higher than any other financial package he would be granted at a different club, while his limited playing time clearly isn’t an issue for a player who’s never resembled a model professional and who seems happier to sit on the bench at United than fight for his spot at another club.
“All I am thinking about is helping my team, my team-mates and doing the best for myself. I am a Manchester United player, I love the fans, I love the club. I love the way everyone supports the club – it is amazing.
“It is very hard when you only play a small part now and then. I had a lot of injuries last season. I have come back now to help United. I came back in pre-season and felt good and I have been fit now all season.”
Anderson hasn’t feature for United since playing in the 2-1 defeat against West Brom at home at the end of September but, with Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini all carrying injuries, he could soon get his chance again.
And despite his nice words for the club, that remains an uninspiring thought.