Tuesday 24 October 2017

Louis Van Gaal faces Anderson call as he plots overhaul

Louis van Gaal of Holland during a training session of the Netherlands (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Louis van Gaal of Holland during a training session of the Netherlands (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Mark Ogden

Louis van Gaal must resolve the future of Manchester United outcast Anderson with the midfielder failing to earn a permanent transfer to Fiorentina following an unproductive loan spell in Italy.

Having done little to impress during his six months in Serie A, United are now considering whether to hand Anderson the opportunity of a new start under Van Gaal or cut their losses on a player who cost £26m from FC Porto in May 2007.

Anderson, whose Old Trafford contract expires in June 2015, is expected back at United for pre-season training at the beginning of July after making just eight appearances for Fiorentina during his loan spell, which began in January.

United had hoped to sell him to the Italian outfit following his failure to justify the transfer fee sanctioned by Alex Ferguson to complete the Brazilian's move seven years ago.

But with La Viola securing Europa League qualification with a fourth-placed Serie A finish largely without the contribution of the 26-year-old, United are now understood to be focusing on other options with the player.

Porto are interested in re-signing Anderson, but his £60,000-a-week wages would prevent a return to the Estadio do Dragao unless United are prepared to subsidise a transfer to move the player on.

United are preparing for an overhaul of their squad this summer, with plans for incomings and outgoings already in place prior to Van Gaal's appointment as David Moyes' successor earlier this month.

Wilfried Zaha, who spent the final six months of last season on loan at Cardiff, is likely to travel on the pre-season tour of the United States, but the 21-year-old is another who could be sold this summer.

Nani, Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernandez are the subject of interest from elsewhere, while Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini may also prove expendable.

With United expected to complete a £27m move for Southampton's England left-back Luke Shaw after the World Cup, efforts are now set to focus on recruiting Van Gaal's targets, which include Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

Van Gaal has left executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in control of United's transfer dealings due to his commitments with Holland at the World Cup.

Former United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy insists that his fellow Dutchman is the perfect appointment.

"I think he's the right man at the right place, from United's point of view," Van Nistelrooy said. "The club needs guidance from a strong man with a strong vision. That's Van Gaal. That's what the club needs." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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