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Ashley Young will miss Anderson and Darren Fletcher

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young admits he will miss Anderson and Darren Fletcher after the two midfielders left Old Trafford at the end of the winter transfer window.

Anderson completed a move to Internacional, signing a four-year contract with the Brazilian outfit, while Fletcher joined West Brom on a permanent transfer minutes before the transfer deadline passed.

Young insists both players will be missed because they had an amusing habit of pulling pranks in the Old Trafford dressing room.

"They were two big characters in the dressing room who were always messing around and pulling pranks!" Young told Manchester United's official website. "Everyone will miss them but we’ll keep in contact. They’re fantastic players and hopefully they’ll have great futures."

Anderson misses penalty on debut

Anderson, a much-maligned figure at Old Trafford following years of disappointing performances and fitness issues, missed a penalty on his Internacional debut last week.

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Manchester United supporters appear to be relieved the former FC Porto midfielder is finally off the club's books.

United fans hail Fletcher

But they were more grateful to Fletcher for his contribution to the Red Devils.

The Scotland international spent a total of 20 years at Old Trafford - eight years as a junior, and 12 as a professional - and won a host of major honours including five Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

He also helped United win the 2008 Champions League - playing an instrumental role in the knockout stages - but was suspended for the final against Chelsea.

Incidentally, Anderson converted a spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out in Moscow - the standout moment of his otherwise forgettable Manchester United career.

Fletcher not the same player after illness

Fletcher's United career was effectively ended by the debilitating Ulcerative Colitis disease. While the midfielder managed to return from the illness - to the surprise of many - he was never quite the same combative player afterwards.

United boss Louis van Gaal recognised this and subsequently demoted Fletcher from the club's second-choice captain to third-choice skipper - in favour of Michael Carrick - before offloading him on a free transfer last month.

Fletcher was expected to join West Ham after travelling to east London for a medical, but a move reportedly collapsed due to the player's wage demands.

It looked as if the 31-year-old Scot would stay at Old Trafford until the end of the season; however, Fletcher jumped at the opportunity to play regular first-team football with the Baggies following a late contract offer.

Fletcher made his West Brom debut against Burnley earlier this month - and wore the captain's armband as Tony Pulis' men battled back from 2-0 down to earn a point.

Van Gaal was right to get rid of both players

Despite the fact both Anderson and Fletcher brought joy to the Manchester United dressing room, Van Gaal had no other option but to offload the midfield duo last month.

Which players can replace Anderson and Fletcher? Have your say in the comments section below.

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Darren Fletcher
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West Bromwich Albion
Oliveira Anderson
Manchester United
Ashley Young

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