The Brazilian midfielder Anderson has said that he is waiting for his opportunities at Manchester United at the moment, but, he can’t just keep doing that forever.
Anderson has always been rated very highly and the expectations were very high with him when he had landed at Old Trafford in 2007, but, he hasn’t quite managed to take his game to that level. He has played well in patches for United, but, he is yet to become a regular figure in their starting line up. Even in the ongoing season, he has mostly been sitting on the sidelines. He has featured for the Red Devils just 5 times this season and that clearly shows that David Moyes hasn’t got that much faith in him.
Currently, a few players who feature regularly in the starting line of United are injured. So, Anderson might be given starting opportunities in the next few games and he will have to make sure that he grabs those opportunities. If he fails to do that, he is not going to get too many games in the second half of the season.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Anderson said, “No player wants to be left out. Everyone wants to be out there playing and so am I. I am at that stage of my career where I can’t just keep waiting for the chances, but, it’s not in my hands. I need to have a bit of patience at the moment I guess.”
When asked if he is upset because of the lack of playing time, Anderson said, “No, I am not. I know the guys who are playing regularly deserve that. I am just waiting for the opportunities and when I get them, I will try my best to make the most of them.”
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Manchester United have become one of the prized assets for television companies in the UK trying to increase their viewership. Sky has been regularly broadcasting Manchester United matches over the last 20 years. The 13-time Premier league champions have also been shown live on television more than any other club during this period. This looks set to continue even after the arrival of BT to the Premier league competition. BT have paid in excess of £ 700 million for Premier league rights in the next three years. This is seen as the biggest threat for Sky since they started showing Premier league matches more than two decades ago.
Sky have decided to eliminate the competition from the start itself by deciding to show majority of the Manchester United and Chelsea matches in the first five weeks of the campaign. Only one Manchester United match will not be shown live on Sky in the first five weeks. They have the first refusal when it comes to televised games during the first 20 weeks of the campaign. They are prepared to use it from the word go, as they regard the threat from BT as a serious one. Premier league football revenues have consistently grown due to the new and bigger TV deals.
“The first round of televised fixtures announced this morning will demonstrate just how seriously Sky is taking the challenge of its latest rival by ensuring it keeps an iron grip on the champions’ high-profile matches from August until November. With the champions being English football’s biggest draw in terms of television audience, Sky’s decision to top-load its schedule with games involving them appears a no-brainer,” read a report on Daily Telegraph.
United managed to win the record 20th league title last season. Even after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, there are still a tremendous pulling power.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that title rivals Manchester City could be hit with major problems due to the TV schedule, and that next season will be even more interesting because of the tiredness caused by Euro 2012.
Manchester City and Manchester United are the two teams fighting for the Premier league title this season, with the online betting markets making United the slight favourites. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been a staunch attacker of TV schedule affecting their Premier league season, but he has been helped by the same this time around. He has said that there is every chance that Manchester City’s chances of winning the title for the first time after a long time will be hit because of the TV schedule for the club.
Manchester United will naturally get the most amount of TV coverage due to their Champions tag, while Manchester City are also set to get the equal amount of coverage of as well due to their role as the main title challenger.
Roberto Mancini’s side are currently the leader in the Premier league table, but their advantage over Manchester United is very slender. Only two points separate both the clubs, which has been the reason for Sir Alex Ferguson to express his confidence at the possibility of winning the 20th Premier league title with Manchester United following the 3-1 win over Tottenham during the weekend.
“It doesn’t make a difference to us – but it may make a difference to them as they don’t have the same kind of experience. You never know,” Ferguson told Inside United. Sir Alex Ferguson is set to welcome Michael Owen back into the first-team fold.
Michael Owen has been absent from the Manchester United first-team for many months now, but Ferguson recently confirmed that the former England striker has indeed began training. Manchester United continued their impressive run against Tottenham – against whom they have not been defeated for 10 years now.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas prepares his side to take on the Swiss club FC Basel, and he has admitted that the much greater European experience of their opponents must not be taken lightly. Basel have not only been playing in the Europa league, but they have also have had occasional Champions League football as well. Tottenham, on the other hand, have played in the Champions League only once in their history. The first leg quarter-final match between the two clubs will take place on Thursday.
Basel have also been able to beat the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester United in recent seasons. They also managed to take four points off their fixtures against Manchester United, which ultimately knocked the Premier league club out of the Champions league group stages last season. Villas-Boas will also have to prioritise between the Europa league and the top four positions. Tottenham are currently in a race with Chelsea and Arsenal to finish in the top four. After the weekend’s results, the club are third in the table ahead of their competition.
However, Villas-Boas as stated in the past that he would like to win the competition, which is considered by many as a distraction. The club need to win only five matches to win this competition.
“Obviously they have recent European experience that we don’t have. They have got tremendous results in the past year with Man United and teams like Bayern – teams they have surprised. They are extremely successful and one of the best teams in the country. I’m sure that the key to the game will be both teams’ motivations and the quality of the individuals. We have to admit that we have superior players but, on the other hand, the experience Basel have makes them also one of the favourites,” said Villas-Boas.