Anderson could be forced to stay at Manchester United

Anderson could be forced to stay at Manchester United (©GettyImages)

Manchester United have not received a single enquiry regarding their Brazilian central midfielder Anderson and will consider cancelling his contract at the end of the month, according to the Telegraph.

The Red Devils are desperate to find a buyer for the 26-year-old, who Sir Alex Ferguson agreed to pay £26 million for in 2007 after being informed by his brother Martin - United’s chief European scout at the time - that the South American had the potential to be ‘better than Wayne Rooney’.

But after seven-and-a-half disappointing years at Old Trafford, Anderson will go down as arguably the worst pound-for-pound signing made during Ferguson’s 26-year tenure as Manchester United manager.

Anderson: Missing since August

The former Brazil international has played just 21 minutes of Premier League football under Louis van Gaal - during August’s 0-0 draw away to Burnley - and has not been seen since.

Four days earlier he played the entire 90 minutes in United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round.

Unfulfilled potential

A player who promised so much but delivered so little, it seems Anderson has finally run out of chances at Old Trafford - but it’s unclear where his next destination might be.

With no European interest, it’s likely that Anderson will return to Brazil, where he established his reputation as one of world football’s most exciting talents with Gremio between 2004 and 2006.

The South American midfielder continued his development with Portuguese giants Porto before securing a dream move to United in 2007 - but a combination of poor form, fitness issues and blows to his confidence means Anderson is now a shadow of the youngster who briefly lit up the Brasileiro.

Exit on the cards

Anderson has almost certainly played his final match for Manchester United; in total he played 181 times, scoring nine goals.

While United fans will not be disappointed to see the back of Anderson - when he does eventually leave - they will always remember his successfully converted penalty in the 2008 Champions League final shoot-out.

Anderson’s departure will free up £60,000-a-week in wages.

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