Anderson will struggle to cement his first-team place as long as Paul Scholes remains a Manchester United player, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed today.
The Brazilian playmaker has showed signs of promise after returning from another injury-plagued season in United’s summer tour.
And despite the 24-year-old’s positive form, he has only started two of the last eight games this season – winning man of the match for his performance against Newcastle last week – but that is not enough claims Fergie.
“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,” said the Scot.
“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.”
The youngster was hailed as Scholes’ replacement when he joined the Reds from Porto for £20million in 2007 – but the veteran continues to put him out of work.
However, after his 90 minute run out on Saturday, Scholes has not travelled with United for their Champions League tie against CFR Cluj tonight.
And with Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs unavailable through illness, Anderson is hoping to grab his chance in Romania and make Fergie’s selection decision’s even more difficult.
“This season is very important,” he admitted. “I need to prove what I can do. I know the boss and my team-mates believe in me, I’ve just had bad luck.
“Hopefully I can get a run of playing, enjoy my football and help the team [win trophies].”