Sir Alex Ferguson says Anderson is unlucky not to have played more football for Manchester United this season, having impressed on the Reds’ summer tour.
The Brazilian midfielder has started just two of the team’s eight competitive fixtures in 2012/13 – against Fulham in August and in last week’s Capital One Cup match against Newcastle United, a game in which he found the net and topped ManUtd.com’s Man of the Match poll.
But it’s the form of others that’s limiting the 24-year-old’s involvement at the moment, according to the United manager.
“Anderson is a difficult one to leave out but I don’t think there’s been anything wrong with the form of Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick, which makes it difficult to involve other central midfielders when there’s always a desire to play with two wide players,” Sir Alex said.
“Anderson has done nothing wrong. His pre-season form was terrific and he’s a top player, but I still think that Scholes is a great player.
“With Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Nick Powell, it gives me a lot of different options.”
"Anderson is a difficult one to leave out but I don’t think there’s been anything wrong with the form of Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick, which makes it difficult to involve other players when there’s a desire to play with two wide players. He's done nothing wrong."
- Sir Alex Ferguson