Manchester United fans react on Twitter to imminent Anderson transfer

Some are glad to see him go, others cling on to the good times. But Anderson is set to join Fiorentina in a loan-to-buy deal.

Thank you Manchester United for all you gave to me. It was a pleasure and a proud to be part of this tremendous club…

Forget the broken English, the sentiment is truly kind - as Manchester United midfielder Anderson leaves the club on a season long loan deal to Italian side Fiorentina.

The Brazilian, who reportedly cost United €30 million in 2007, arrived with a reputation as one of the best young midfielders in the world - and the 19-year-old soon progressed into a first-team regular at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson was always a big fan of the player - who featured in 38 games in each of his first two seasons at the club - but his playing time soon began to diminish.

He struggled with serious knee injuries and more problems were picked up after a serious car accident. Whilst out his fitness seemed to go out of the window - and he was often criticised by the United faithful and those less kind pundits for his weight and physical condition.

He never truly overcame his injury trouble at United and this season has been a spare part in a barely functioning machine - and this week he was pictured undergoing his medical at Fiorentina ahead of a loan move.

But judging by the way Anderson has emotionally said goodbye to the United fans it seems that the buying option in the summer will be something he is certainly interested in.

Many a fan is, genuinely, sad to see him go. He has been off colour for many a season now and has had little effect on recent performances but many a fan understood this was not of his own doing - and that circumstances had left him a shower of the player he could have been.

Others simply remember his cool head in Moscow - when he struck one of the penalties that won United the Champions League in 2008.

But for others his departure is one step in the right direction from David Moyes.

Many a United fan has been calling for a cull of the ‘deadwood’ for a while now and see Anderson as the first move in the right direction in terms of player recruitment and departure.

Talented? Undoubtedly - Unlucky? Perhaps.

But either way, a vast amount of United fans are glad to see the back of their troubled, if not mercurial midfielder…

image: © Gordon Flood

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