Fresh rumours have emerged of Manchester United renewing their interest in Dutchman Wesley Sneijder, during the January transfer window, after Anderson was ruled out till February with a knee injury.
The Brazilian's injury, coupled with that of Tom Cleverley's, has left manager Sir Alex Ferguson short of options in midfield, and the Scot admitted it was an unexpected blow.
Anderson is not fit until February; he's gone to see a specialist in Portugal about his knee. Ferguson said. We didn't expect that and it's a blow.
According to the Metro, he could make a fresh attempt to sign Sneijder, who was heavily linked to Old Trafford during the summer. On that occasion, wage problems blocked a deal, but United are rumored to be considering a way around it on the face their latest problem.
The Red Devils have also been linked to Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan after he impressed in the two matches against United during their Champions League group stage clashes.
The 23-year-old is rated at around £40 million and when asked of his future, the play-maker was coy.
Manchester? I am very content for the moment at Benfica, the Argentinian said. I am very happy to be here with a team that is fighting to win important titles.
About my future, I will only say that I have signed a deal with Benfica and nobody has told me that things will change. For now I will be staying with Benfica.