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Manchester United set to confirm Anderson has joined Internacional

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Manchester United are expected to announce that midfielder Anderson has left Old Trafford for Brazilian outfit Internacional.

The 26-year-old has been photographed training with his new club, but neither Internacional nor Manchester United have formally confirmed that a deal has been completed.

According to the Guardian’s Manchester football reporter Jamie Jackson this is because Inter’s club president was inconveniently out of town on Monday - but a deal could be announced at some point on Tuesday, if the transfer is finalised.

Players say goodbyes to Anderson

Several Manchester United players used social media to say their goodbyes to Anderson on Monday - including Juan Mata and Robin van Persie - but the Brazilian could make a shock return to Old Trafford if the deal is unexpectedly cancelled.

In any case, it seems certain that Anderson has played his final match for Manchester United. The one-time Brazil international’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has not appeared for the Red Devils since August.

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Unfulfilled potential

Anderson spent a total of seven-and-a-half-years with Manchester United after joining the club from FC Porto in 2007.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed the player after being informed by his brother Martin - United’s chief European scout at the time - that this was an attacking midfielder with the talent to surpass Wayne Rooney.

While the Brazilian showed glimpses of quality during the early years of his Manchester United career, things quickly went downhill for the Porto Alegre-born midfielder, who has struggled with form and fitness over the past six years.

Anderson made over 20 Premier League appearances in just one of his eight seasons at Old Trafford - the 2007-08 campaign - and has made just five league appearances since Ferguson left United at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Gary Neville: Anderson will have regrets

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville said on Monday that Anderson possessed plenty of talent and will look back on his career with disappointment after failing to maximise his potential.

"I think that there have been some really good performances but again, not consistently," Neville said on Sky Sports News. "And the fitness - he picked up a lot of injuries but generally you'd have to say he will look back on his United career with some level of disappointment.

"Having played with him, he's got an enormous amount of talent and I think of some of the games, I can think of a couple of games at Anfield I can remember, or against Liverpool, and I think in big matches he was really capable.

"He was a big-game player with a big-game mentality and lots of skill, but was never fit enough to do it consistently week in week out in the Premier League, and that's a real shame.

"Because that's when a lot of players will look back at the end of their careers and think 'could I have been that little bit more driven and determined?'

"He's got the talent but he just lacked and he's been unfortunate with injuries, I'll give him that."

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