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Rodrigo Possebon - Manchester United wonderkid to Brazil's Serie D

Remember Rodrigo Possebon? Here's the lowdown on what he is up to nowadays...

Last night at Old Trafford there were 11 minutes of injury time added on after Norwich's Robert Snodgrass went down injured. Perhaps unsurprisingly that was not even the record for Old Trafford.

That stood at 12 minutes, back in late 2008 when Rodrigo Possebon was feared to have suffered a broken leg in what would have been an otherwise non-descript Carling Cup win over Middlesbrough.

The tackle from Emmanuel Pogatetz marred not only that fixture, but blighted the career of a highly rated young talent who there was much fanfare about, not too dissimilar to Adnan Januzaj.

Possebon signed for United in January 2008 from Brazilian club Internacional for a fee of £3 million. He made his comeback from his injury months later in early 2009 as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo no less in an FA Cup tie, but his career at the club never got going, making just three Premier League appearances.

The youngster found himself loaned to Braga in Portugal, which proved to be fruitless, and he was sold to FC Santos a year later in his homeland.

Ever since, the midfielder has struggled to make his mark, and is still yet to score a professional goal in a top flight of any league he has played in.

He made 30 appearances for Santos across two seasons, before leaving Brazil altogether to join Italian side Vicenza, a country in which he holds a passport. Indeed Possebon even made international appearances for Italy's under-19 and under-20 sides.

however his time at Vicenza was a failure, not making a single first team appearance, and he has since returned to Brazil playing for Criciuma and then Mirassol.

In the summer he signed for Juventude, a side who 13 years ago were competing in the Copa Libertadores, and now find themselves in Brazil's fourth tier, Serie D.

And there is good news. He is on the brink of helping them to their first title of any kind since 1999.

A crucial play-off to determine the league winner takes place on Sunday November 3, against Botafogo R-J, a match in which Possebon is expected to start.

He may not be a part of the Champions League winning side which he joined in 2008, but the chance of success at any level considering how his career has turned out will be an achievement for him to enjoy.

Here's hoping the 24-year-old can use it to spark his career back into life.

image: © Crystian Cruz

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