Video: Manchester United flop Anderson misses penalty on Internacional debut

Anderson

The Brazilian will not consider this a dream start to his Brazilian return.

Manchester United had a fairly quiet January. They snapped up both Victor Valdes and Sadiq El Fitouri on free transfers, two players at opposite ends of the playing spectrum. However the main purpose of the month was to clean house.

United let several players leave the club, including the likes of Marnick Vermijl, Michael Keane, Darren Fletcher and, of course, Anderson.

After arriving with plenty of hysteria from FC Porto in 2007 there is no doubt that the Brazilian failed to live up to his promise in a Manchester United shirt.

The player suffered with injury and fitness problems throughout his time at Old Trafford and never lived up to his hype, or price-tag.

With his contract expiring in the summer and seemingly no hope of a United future the club let Anderson leave this month. He headed back to his old stomping ground of Porto Alegre, joining Internacional on a free transfer.

Yesterday he made his debut for the club, coming on as a second half substitute against Esporte Cruzeiro. He then had a chance to make a name for himself, when Internacional were awarded a penalty.

United fans will remember the composure he showed in taking a penalty in the Champions League final back in Moscow, so he stepped up to take this one as well.

And he missed.

To be fair it was actually a fairly decent save from Cruzeiro keeper Bruno Grassi - but still, not the ideal way to begin your fresh start.

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