Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has wished luck to recently departed duo Darren Fletcher and Anderson following the confirmation that both midfielders had left Old Trafford for pastures new on deadline day.
Fletcher had been named by Louis van Gaal as Rooney’s deputy only in the summer but a lack of frequent action encouraged the Scotland international to pursue a move away - something that was reluctantly granted by the manager.
West Ham had been the leading contenders to sign Fletcher but, following the collapse of that deal, he instead joined West Brom, who are looking to revive their fortunes after the appointment of Tony Pulis.
Anderson, meanwhile, has been on the Manchester United scrapheap for some time and his permanent exit appeared inevitable. The 26-year-old has returned to Brazil with Internacional after eight seasons with Manchester United.
“Just wanted to to take this opportunity to wish both Darren Fletcher and Anderson good luck in the next stage of their careers,” Rooney posted on his official Facebook page.
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“Great lads and it was a pleasure to play with them both!”
Rooney also reflected on his side’s progression into the fifth round of the FA Cup having overcome Cambridge United in a replay on Tuesday night.
Van Gaal fielded a strong team - including Rooney - to ensure they were able to record victory over their League Two opponents, with Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson scoring the goals in a comfortable triumph.
Rooney said: “Good win last night and looking forward to the next round against Preston.”
Preston North End will host Manchester United at Deepdale in the next round.