What went wrong with Anderson?

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"And he s**ts on Fabregas". That was the famous chants from the Old Trafford faithful their new Brazilian hero has nutmegged the Spaniard (then at Arsenal) to the delight of every single Manchester United fan.

However, the story of these two footballers could not be more different if you tried. One went onto win a La Liga title, a Copa Del Rey title, two European championships, a World Cup, securing a move to two of the biggest clubs in the world and somehow managing to grow from strength to strength. The other man's name is Anderson.

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Anderson arrived at Manchester United for a huge fee of around £20million (some reports suggest a lot more!) in 2007 and brought some outstanding dreadlocks to match his talent.

The biggest gamble was that he was only 19 years old at the time, but surely had time to grow at Old Trafford. This was a massive gamble from the then manager Sir Alex Ferguson, one he clearly thought worth taking as United were looking for a central midfielder to replace Roy Keane and the then ageing Paul Scholes.

Early potential lead to success

So it was Anderson that Ferguson called upon after the strong recommendation from United's then-European scout Martin Ferguson, that Anderson was 'better than Rooney'.

Anderson was involved throughout the Ferguson era and seemed effective. He looked to have the potential that everyone was talking about, but did lack a goal scoring threat as it took him three years to score his first league goal.

The Selecao star converted a penalty in that magical game in Moscow, he made over 129 appearances in all competitions (2007-2011) and had the ability to drive at defences. Anderson was a crowd favourite but things took a turn for the worse and left Manchester United with egg on their face over the gamble they had taken.

Injuries and lack of discipline 

Anderson is no stranger to the Manchester United medical room as he has picked up several injures and niggles during his time for the Red Devils. The frustrating playmaker just could not rediscover his form and for that matter a diet when he returned from each injury.

After every injury Anderson had seemed to have added another five pounds on his return, which made Twitter explode with memes. His work ethic has been brutally criticised by Ferguson, Moyes, Montella and most recently Van Gaal.

Anderson also broke rules under Ferguson as he jetted off to Brazil without the manager's permission, he was eventually fined but these were all indications that Anderson was not a Manchester United man!

Demise now looks inevitable

Despite producing some solid performances under Ferguson in his final year at the club, Anderson struggled with fitness and injuries once again in 2012/13.

David Moyes then arrived at the club and after just eight games under the Scotsman Anderson was off to Fiorentina. Shortly after leaving Old Trafford, for pizza and pasta it seemed, United recruited Juan Mata and with his arrival he took the number 8 that Anderson had.

Despite the move only being a loan this was a clear indication there was no real chance of return. This seems the case as Louis Van Gaal has only used Anderson in the League Cup and 20 minutes in the Premier League despite their early-season struggles with injury.

Summer spending spree leaves no place for a United enigma

Van Gaal has recruited Herrera, Di Maria and Blind this summer but has even chosen Valencia, Young, Fellaini, Fletcher and Januzaj in his squads meaning Anderson drops further into the abyss.

So from a player being dubbed the next Rooney to a player Manchester United cannot get rid of. Anderson has disappointed the Red side of Manchester and will be looking to move in January but then that if he can! Manchester United are believed to have been willing to make a substantial loss on the Brazilian and let him go, however, no team wanted the shaven headed Anderson.

The clearance sale was this summer for United, but it looks like Anderson might be put out to pasture sooner rather than later.

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