How has Anderson fared since he left Manchester United?

Anderson

Taking a look at the Brazilian's contributions since leaving Manchester United and returning to his homeland.

When Anderson first signed for Manchester United from FC Porto for a reported £26million, the Brazilian was touted as one of the hottest prospects in world football.

Then seen as an attacking midfielder, he had previously shone at the under-17 World Cup, winning the 2005 Golden Ball in the process for a string of sparkling performances.

Two years later, he came to Old Trafford in a surprise double-deal which saw Sporting Lisbon’s Nani also arrive from Portugal. But Anderson never hit the heights of those early performances and soon looked a shadow of his former self.

Injuries certainly did not help, and there was a brief spell playing alongside Tom Cleverley when it looked like Anderson had finally hit his stride in England. But that was an anomaly rather than a sign of things to come and earlier this season the midfielder left United for good.

Now at Brazilian side Internacional, the 27-year-old has set about playing his way back into form, so how exactly has he done in that regard so far?

Not too badly in fact, because for a player who did not complete many 90-minute outings for United, Anderson already has four of those under his belt at his new club.

In total he has played six matches for Internacional, although he did not feature in their most recent clash against Corinthians.

The first priority for the player following his United exit would have been to get minutes under his belt and he has done that in fine style, featuring for a total of 477 minutes in just over a month.

But as yet Anderson has been unable to either score or provide an assist for his new club; something that was also a questionable factor of his game at Old Trafford.

Nine goals and 21 assists in 181 United games tells its own story, but Anderson will just be pleased to be playing again, and in time he may yet rediscover the form that prompted Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest in the first place.

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