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Ando: I love United and I never said players want to leave

This week, an interview with Anderson made the headlines, with newspapers claiming that many of his team mates wanted to leave the club like he had done.

The impression given was that United were in such a desperate situation that others wanted to jump ship, but when you read what he actually said, it was obvious there had been quite a lot of spin.

“I am sure that lots of players want out,” he reportedly said. “Especially people like myself and Nani, who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years. Manchester United is a huge club, a club that does everything for its players, but sometimes a footballer wants to leave just to experience a different way to play football and to learn something as well. Playing in Manchester was great, it is a prestigious club with a lot of history. But I was there for seven or eight years and I want to show Fiorentina my quality and fight for a spot in the starting line-up. I thank all Manchester United fans for their love, but I’m here to stay.”

However, Ando has come out today with a post on Instagram to deny having ever given the interview.

“I’m shocked and surprised [by] a supposed interview that never existed. I never gave any interview [and did not] say bad things about a club that I love, a club where I [grew] up and that gave me so much. I’m like [a] fan [of the] club, [I] love the club.”

Did he give the initial interview though? Yes. Very publicly.

The translation that was given in the press is the correct one. He said that he wanted a new challenge and believed that other players who’d been at the club for as long as him, could do with a change. The problem is that the media, and even United blogs, attached an incredibly negative headline to what, essentially, were respectful comments about his former club.

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  1. tallestreD says:

    Medfield man its clear that you don’t like Moyes and that no one change it. But you are being overly critical of Moyes. I mean are you seriously going to compare what Mourinho inherited to that of Moyes? He gives Adnan games, he doesn’t get credit. He buys Mata, still no let up. Plays 442 he gets abuses. But Mourinho treats the clubs best player like shit and he is a genius. What youth did Mourinho bring into the team? Youth meaning Academy/reserve players. Matic cost 21m in case you forgot.

    I’m not saying Moyes is better than Mourinho or that I like our current form whatever that is but please painting Mourinho isn’t the way to go.

  2. tallestreD says:

    *painting Mourinho as a saint*

  3. Redfrog says:

    @tallestreD…Medfield is not comparing what they both inherited but what they both acheveid and what they both are proving now. Chelsea was not close to win the title for years and we won it last year.
    Can you see the difference a manager can do ?
    Moyes making us play like a championship team : 20th in the league for goals through middle (8th last year).
    He is just pointing the mistake that was to appoint Moyes when Mou was begging for the job.

  4. Tommy says:


    Only real problem is the five mag, because he goes all over the world getting interviews with the likes of jay z and snoop dog when he should be training, Twitter can be good sometimes, not when hes revealing hes having a shit mind but you do get some good banter on their, and its good for kids I suppose wanting to hear what their heros are up to, Rio always said his hero was John Barnes and he would have loved as kid to interact with him, so from that point of view no real problems as long as he dosent put the club in a bad light, He part owns Rossos an italian restaurant but all he does is sit back and make a profit so thats not a big deal, You never see him in that restaurant, Nice food in their bit pricey tho, I took my mrs in their for one valentines day, Its not unusual for footballers to have a buisness and just be a silant partner, Giggs owns Milanos, another Italian restaurant, even SAF owned a pub when he was Aberdeen manager, Only problemn is that 5 mag, it needs to go because its clearly interfeering with his work, but then again he wont get a contract reknewel and cant really see him playing much from now until may anyway!

  5. Tommy says:


    Wasting your time with some on here mate, They wouldnt know how to get behind the team if it bit them on the backside.


    If United were playing like a championship team we would be 17th in the table, Not 7th, so its hardly championship form is it really, Do try and keep your points real!

  6. medfield-man says:

    Tallestred, – not painting him as a saint, in fact if take a other managers before Jose, but to chose Moyes before Jose wasn’t a smart move.

    In regards to the purchase of Mata, just have the feeling this was a desperate move to bring in a big name to appease some fans where in fact that money could have been filled to bring in 2 midfielders we desperately need, not necessarily the gundogans of this world, but there are lots of options still flying under the radar with boat loads of talent and they should have been courted for 6 months prior to the transfer window.

  7. Redfrog says:

    @Tommy : Thanks god we have no championship players ! My point was about the cross strategy, old english football. Is that a modern and efficient way to play in your opinion ? Maybe you have enjoyed the football this year. I’m not but I get used to it.

  8. Fletch™ says:

    Thought I posted this earlier, but not there so apologies if this is a duplicate:

    Updates EPL squad list.

    Strangely Ando (loan) is off the list, but Fabio (sold) is still there?! What ever!

    Hoping we kick into some kind of form starting Sunday! Evans and Jones might be available given the break. We will see. Vidic is available so not too concerned about CB for now.

    Interesting idea that Mata was bought to mentor Januzaj.

    Happy birthday to our 19yo wonderkind! Januzaj !

  9. Tommy says:


    The standard of football has not been great but its not been as bad as you think, Its becauswe wwe have enjoyed years of success that your going OTT, Fulham yesterday was championship level, actually scrap that league one football, we are playing mid table football which is not great but certaintly not as bad as some otheer teams in the premier league, but we are used to high standards.

    @Medfield man

    Poking a man whos got cancer in the eye is enough to get that man no where near the United job, just saying!

  10. Fletch™ says:

    Also this:

    Rumored 2014-15 kit

    I like the black accents, don’t know about the gold bumper sticker
    Do like the sound of 1.5 bn between Nike and Chevy thought! :lol:
    Now to find a GM that can actually purchase some top players!

    Up the reds! :twisted:

  11. Tommy says:


    Thanks for sharing I never knew Nanis name was Almedia Da Cunha, Luis Carlos, you learn something new everyday

  12. Fletch™ says:

    Sorry, that link is bad. Try this for the rumored kit

  13. Fletch™ says:

    Tommy, Ha, now you know why most Portuguese and Brazilians have nicknames! :lol:

  14. tallestreD says:

    Di Matteo was vastly inferior to Mourinho in terms of Managerial pedigree but what happened? He took Chelsea to CL glory. Even Grant took them to the final but almighty Mourinho didn’t.

    @Redfrog, in Bayerns last game they scored their first two goals with knock downs westham style. Mandzukic scored from a long ball. It doesn’t make them shit. Also the players available to you matters a lot. In this regard Moyes has been unfortunate. But no sympathy though. Simeone’s side was just schooled by RMadrid, why? Two injured players(filipe and Villa).

    If you say Moyes’ subs are no good, I won’t argue that. If you say our play has even been poorer under him I wouldn’t argue. But to not just see any positive or something to give him credit for is not a character of a fan. No matter how critical you are, you should still be a fan.

  15. Tommy says:


    Not sure about the kit, the sponsor is too big, I prefer short and sharp sponsors like AON or AIG but I will still end up paying the £40/50 for one haha, and yes all Brazians and Portugese have long names and they shorten it to put on their shirts

  16. tallestreD says:

    @Tommy yep that’s the whole name. Something about taking both father and mother names in Portugal. Just saying

  17. m09538061 says:

    Obviously we all want Moyes to be a success but we cant let Fergie show blind faith in him because he chose him we all know how stubborn Fergie can be.Lets get to the end of the season and see if our style of play improves and make a decision on the manager then cos it will come down to do you trust Moyes with huge amounts of money or not ? Get it wrong and we’re in big trouble.

  18. Tommy says:


    Imagine trying to fit their full names on the back of their shirt, cover the whole of their back, wouldnt be space for a number haha

  19. Tommy says:


    Disagree mate, The players who Moyes is undoubtably interested in are quality players, If he buys some of them and United are still struggling next season, he may well be sacked at the end of next season but the squad will be filled with better players than when Moyes arrived for the next manager

  20. tallestreD says:

    @Tommy lol but no one would want to put all of their names on a jersey. Why not, if it fits, its written. Imagine bilyadetinov or pavlyuchenko writing all of their names. More weight I say

  21. tallestreD says:

    Take Pep for example, what pedigree did he have before getting the Barca job?

  22. Tommy says:


    In England the prices for names on back are £1 for a letter and £5 for a number, nightmare for parents whos kids want a long players name with a double didget number on back haha

  23. m09538061 says:

    Middle of the table performances as everton was. Sir Alex had time we must remember, but does Moyes have the look of a winner?. Sir alex could pick a team to win but can he pick a manager to win?

  24. Tommy says:


    Only time will tell mate but hes going to be given atleast untill the end of next season and if it dosent work out, we will move on, United are not going to die mate

  25. tallestreD says:

    @Tommy that was funny. Imagine me in England with my long name. I’ll just do a nickname lol

  26. m09538061 says:

    You’re right, only time wil tell.
    Like you say ‘We’ll never die’.
    RIP The Busby Babes .. Today is the 56th anniversary.

  27. Fletch™ says:

    Whatever happens, next year will be a very different face.

    Expect departures for

    Already: Fabio.
    Definite: Rio, Anderson, Macheda,
    Very posible: Vidic, Nani, Pea, Lindegaard, Evra, Giggs, Kagawa, Buttner

    Hoping: Fellaini, Bebe (1yr on contract) ;)

  28. medfield-man says:

    “What pedigree did pep have” seriously ?

    He made his pedigree his first year in charge of a bunch of premadonas
    In his first season as manager, He won the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League. In doing he became the youngest UEFA Champions League-winning manager ever.

  29. tallestreD says:

    You sir fail to get the question or you choose to avoid it. I ask again before he got the job, what did he win?

  30. Tommy says:

    So many
    years, since you were taken,
    the pride of football, our Busby Babes.
    We’ve shed our tears, and watched the newsreels,
    whilst you have slumbered, in your graves.
    Though life’s moved on, the Reds continue,
    we’ve plumbed the depths, we’ve touched the sky.
    Our mem’ries of, the flowers of Manchester,
    like Man United, will never die.
    Roger Byrne, our worthy captain,
    Geoff and Eddie, Salford brave,
    David Pegg, and Tommy Taylor,
    Mark and Liam, such pleasure gave.
    For all you men, you football stalwarts,
    death was instant, life was gone.
    For fifteen days, of pain and struggle,
    mighty Duncan, lingered on.
    We don’t forget, the other victims,
    United players who survived.
    Some played on, achieving glory,
    some too injured to make the side.
    Our thoughts now turn to all non-players,
    this tragedy, was theirs as well.
    The wretched grief, for friends and families,
    so far removed from where they fell.
    You are the strength and inspiration,
    for those who play your roles today.
    We look for flair and pace and passion,
    to play the game United’s way.
    Though life’s moved on, the Reds continue,
    we’ve plumbed the depths, we’ve touched the sky.
    Our mem’ries of, the flowers of Manchester,
    like Man United, will never die.
    Will never die, will never die,
    like Man United, will never die.
    Will never die, will never die,
    like Man United, will never die.

  31. Tommy says:


    Wanting Fellani out after a handful of games, Its just not going to happen mate, people really need to give the fella a chance

  32. Tommy says:

    To all those who are spoilt and expect instant success like its some kind of given, read this!

    As we reach another anniversary and remember those who lost their lives in Munich, this year more so than in recent years, it is worth remembering that the fact the club survived at all is a miracle in itself. When you look back at what has happened this season, none of it matters in the scheme of things when comparing it to the sad loss of so many young lives. Manchester United did survive, it not only survived, it went on to become the greatest club in the world. So if things don’t go our way in the immediate future, then remember the spirit of those players, management, staff and supporters who rebuilt the club patiently in the memory and image of those who perished. If we can rise again after Munich, we can rise again after Ferguson. R.I.P the Busby babes and all who lost their lives in Munich. The memory will never diminish and they remain the true spirit of Manchester United Football Club.

  33. Tommy says:

    Most famours Manchester United song, The Flowers of Manchester!

    One cold and bitter Thursday in Munich Germany
    Eight great football stalwarts conceded victory
    Eight men will never play again who met destruction there
    The Flowers of English football the Flowers of Manchester
    Matt Busby’s boys were flying home returning from Belgrade
    This great United family all masters of their trade
    The pilot of the aircraft the skipper Captain Thain
    Three times they tried to take off and twice turned back again
    The third time down the runway disaster followed close
    There was slush upon that runaway and the aircraft never rose
    It ploughed into the marshy ground it broke it overturned
    And eight of the team were killed as the blazing wreckage burned
    Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor who were capped for England’s side
    And Ireland’s Billy Whelan and England’s Geoff Bent died
    Mark Jones and Eddie Colman and David Pegg also
    They all lost their lives as it ploughed on through the snow
    Big Duncan he went too with an injury to his brain
    And Ireland’s brave Jack Blanchflower will never play again
    The great Matt Busby lay there the father of his team
    Three long months passed by before he saw his team again
    The trainer, coach and secretary and a member of the crew
    Also eight sporting journalists who with United flew
    and one of them Big Swifty who we will ne’er forget
    the finest English ‘keeper that ever graced the net
    Oh England’s finest football team its record truly great
    its proud successes mocked by a cruel turn of fate
    Eight men will never play again who met destruction there
    the Flowers of English football the Flowers of Manchester

  34. Sam says:

    If Vidic does leave in the summer for free than we will have lost our only decent center back. Smalling and Evans are below par for Manchester United. Jones still has great potential, but needs to be playing his preferred position. Rio is way past his prime. Vidic is essential at this point in time if he can stay healthy. We desperately need a new center back this summer. If this current squad cant turn results around im sure the glazers will probably be looking for a replacement , even if Fergie said to give moyes time. A championship winning squad should not be this piss poor. The glazers are in a tough spot.

  35. sir matt martin says:

    The 3 fuckrs are having a free day on ROM, i bet That tard dosnt even knw Rooneys full names.. and yet he calls him self a Fan of the club, And that tall fool as usual suppotin mediocrity. SHM.

  36. Redfrog says:

    @TallestreD : “If you say Moyes’ subs are no good, I won’t argue that. If you say our play has even been poorer under him I wouldn’t argue. But to not just see any positive or something to give him credit for is not a character of a fan. No matter how critical you are, you should still be a fan.”

    Well, I’m not a Moyes fan but a United fan : which in our situation is not really hard to understand I think.
    The fans that want to stick with Moyes at all price will do it at the club’s expanse. But it is all right for them as long as Moyes stays forever. I’ve even heard some “fans” be happy to see us fall as long as some “plastic” will find another club to support. Did Moyes critics going to find an other club ? No, not if they are fans : they just don’t like to see us mid-table. Where is the positive in that ? Only positive this season has been Januzaj : will we speak all day about that, as if another manager but Moyes could not have seen the talent in the lad : Moyes is a fucking genius.

    I’ve heard some fans that our situation is alright because we have been spoiled with success. I’ll say to them. If you are happy with what you have in life and just like to go down and not fight to be better then it is all right : it is your life. But don’t blame other to want to fight to get better. Same with United here. If Ferguson would have been happy with his achievement and didn’t wan’t more we won’t have win what we have. Thanks god Ferguson was not small time mentality !

    It is your right to stick with small time mentality, mid-table manager. But don’t accuse others to want the club to win and don’t accept mid-table when we are the best club in england and third in terms of money.

  37. Mark Reid says:

    @Tommy nice posting Flowers of Manchester still brings a lump to the throat.

  38. Mark Reid says:

    Is Fellani close to a return?

  39. tallestreD says:

    @Redfrog I said still be a fan, I didn’t mean a Moyes fan but United fan.

  40. Redfrog says:

    @tallestreD. Don’t worry mate. I’m still watching matches always hoping for a win, even if it is painful to watch more often then not now.

  41. tallestreD says:

    @Redfrog sad state of affairs

  42. Redfrog says:

    @tallestreD. Can you really tell me you enjoy watching us this year ?

  43. tallestreD says:

    @Redfrog anyone who does is in denial

  44. Eric Nesh says:

    Fuck me! Vida has officially confirmed he is living….I surely was asking for a clean out but I am feeling so bad now! Vida has been a warrior for us tough as they come will take us a while to replace him


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