Reports have surfaced alluding to Sir Alex’s upcoming decision to rush Anderson back from the Olympics. United is dealing with a rash of injuries and the 20-year-old midfielder could be called upon. The club now enters Monday’s Premiership showdown with Portsmouth sans Ronaldo and Owen Hargreaves as well as potentially Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs. Anderson will no doubt provide a solid attacking option, but is he really going to cure all of United’s offensive woes?
During the Olympics, the Brazilian scored one goal against New Zealand and along with his teammates looked rather listless against a superior Argentine side. With the Bronze medal match slated for Friday, Anderson would probably not return to Manchester until Sunday. Would Sir Alex be tempted to call on the Brazilian after Friday’s match? He just might.
With the midfield and forward positions in disarray, United can only count on its ever solid defense to keep the hope of yet another Premiership title alive.
In other news, defender Mikael Silvestre appears to be on the move with Arsenal a rumored favorite. The nine-year club veteran realizes that his days of first-team minutes are now over.
And finally, Manchester United great Gary Neville skippered the reserve team to a victory over Chelsea. The reserve-team manager is none other than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; he appears to have already settled into his new role with the club.