After a relatively disappointing five-and-a-half years with Manchester United, the time has come for Anderson to pack his bags and leave Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't get transfers wrong very often, but nobody is perfect, and one definite hiccup was the purchase of Brazilian midfielder Anderson from Porto for a reported £17m.

It's no state secret that Anderson has struggled to get any first-team football since his move to Manchester United. In fact, in his five-and-a-half years at Old Trafford he has only managed 162 first-team appearances, in which he has scored nine goals. 

The early years of Anderson's United career were plagued with questions over his fitness as many of his performances seemed lacklustre and laboured, but even though he has shaken off those critics his performance levels remain disappointingly inconsistent. 

And with team-mates Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa occupying a similar position it seems even more unlikely that the midfielder has a future at the club. 

His lack of football has also led to him being overlooked for Brazil's forthcoming friendlies against Italy and Russia.

All of which make it unsurprising that rumours of Anderson's exit from Old Trafford have begun to circulate around the football world, with United looking to offload him in the summer. 

But what kind of future would the Brazilian have? Will he take a plane back home to play in his native Brazil? Or will he opt for a move to another part of the world? 

Wherever he ends up, you can be sure there will be no tears shed over his departure by the United fans as they see the back of this underwhelming flop signing.


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