Anderson signs four-year deal with Internacional

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Brazilian midfielder Anderson has signed a four-year deal with Internacional to bring an end to his seven-and-a-half-year spell with Manchester United.

A statement on the Brazilian club’s official website confirmed that Anderson had completed his move back to South America. The 26-year-old will be unveiled at a press conference at the Beira-Rio stadium later today.

Internacional also published a photograph showing a smiling Anderson putting pen-to-paper on his contract.

Anderson finally leaves United

Anderson leaves Manchester United having made 181 appearances for the club - 105 in the Premier League - scoring nine goals.

He was sent on loan to Fiorentina last season and was expected to complete a permanent move to the Serie A club but failed to secure a contract after making just seven league appearances for La Viola.

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Louis van Gaal unimpressed

United boss Louis van Gaal handed Anderson a chance to shine at the start of the season, but was left unimpressed. He appeared in United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round, and then again as a substitute days later in the 0-0 draw against newly-promoted Burnley.

The one-time Brazil international has not been seen since - and reports suggested Manchester United were prepared to cancel the midfielder’s contract six months earlier than planned in order to get him off their wage bill.

But United have managed to find a buyer in the form of Internacional, who are captained by the former Portsmouth loanee Andrés D'Alessandro.

Wasted talent

Few Manchester United fans will be upset to see Anderson finally leave Old Trafford. This is a player who promised so much following his move from FC Porto in 2007 but ultimately delivered so little.

Blighted by fitness problems throughout his spell at Old Trafford, Anderson made more than 20 Premier League appearances in just one of his eight seasons with the Red Devils.

Subsequently, it’s likely that he will be remembered as one of Ferguson’s worst-ever signings - although fans will always remember the Brazilians successfully-converted penalty in the 2008 Champions League finals against Chelsea in Moscow.

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