Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was always bound to make the odd big transfer mistake over the years. The likes of Juan Sebastian Veron, Eric Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson for instance, they never really worked out.
But the signing of Brazilian talent Anderson in 2007 was not supposed to be one of those. They spent a fortune on bringing him in from Porto seven years ago, but with good reason.
At the time he was considered one of the biggest talents in world football and United had beaten off plenty of other clubs to snap him up.
However, Anderson has never lived up to his potential.
There have been flashes, glimpses if you will, of what is clearly an underlying natural ability - but overall he has been a disappointment for Manchester United.
Now the club are prepared to ditch him for free - with the likes of Gremio and Flamengo in his homeland said to be keen.
The loss on the player, around £52 million. That equates to a £26 million transfer fee and the same again in wages - according to a report in the Daily Mail today.
That whopping fee would have been enough, wages included, to sign two Daley Blind's in the summer.
Anderson will mostly be remembered for his time on the treatment table, his waist size blossoming throughout the years and his silly dancing.
And Manchester United shelled out over £50 million for the privilege.