Anderson could've been as good as Neymar, claims Tostao

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Manchester United's midfield misfit Anderson could've been as good as Neymar, according to Brazilian football legend Tostao. (Manchester Evening News)

The 1970 World Cup winner made the sensational claim in an interview with FourFourTwo, adding that the former Porto man only has himself to blame for failing in the Premier League.

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Anderson arrived at Old Trafford in a £20m deal in 2007 with a burgeoning reputation as a star of the future, but has failed to realise his potential during the past seven years in England.

The 26-year-old still has one-year remaining on his current Red Devils contract, but was left out of Louis van Gaal's squad for the pre-season tour of the United States, raising doubts about his immediate future.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina where he again failed to impress in Italy, making Tostao's comments all the more baffling, as there's been little evidence that Anderson ever had the ability to get remotely close to Neymar.

Manchester United gossip:

Louis van Gaal could axe up to seven more Manchester United players this summer following the sale of Patrice Evra, who is expected to complete his move to Serie A champions Juventus later today. (Daily Star)

Anderson, Javier Hernandez, Wilfried Zaha, Nani, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Bebe are all at risk of being sold by the new Red Devils boss.

The former Holland head coach has also been tipped to name Robin van Persie as his new Manchester United captain, despite the fact there are a number of other candidates to be considered. (Daily Mail)

Old Trafford legend Bryan Robson believes that Van Persie will be the Dutchman's chosen skipper, in what is likely to be his most difficult decision to make before the start of the new season.

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a £16 million deal to sign German defender Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund this summer. (Daily Express)

The 25-year-old was one of the star performers at the World Cup in Brazil and Louis van Gaal has not hidden his admiration for the talented centre-back as he looks to find defensive reinforcements at Old Trafford.

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