Neville: Anderson’s Man Utd career a disappointment

England assistant coach Gary Neville believes Anderson will look back on his time at Manchester United as a disappointment as the Brazilian leaves Old Trafford, Sky Sports has reported.

Anderson is one of a number of players mooted as leaving United as the transfer window comes to a close, Darren Fletcher and Adnan Januzaj both linked with moves away. Anderson meanwhile is expected to return to his homeland and sign for Internacional, with Neville claiming his former teammate has struggled in large part due to injuries.

“He has had some really good performances, but not consistently and I wonder whether that has been because of fitness as he’s picked up a lot of injuries,” Neville said. “He’ll look back at his Manchester United career with some level of disappointment.

“He is a big-game player, has a big-game mentality, lots of skill but never was fit enough to be able to do it consistently, week in and out in the Premier League and that’s a real shame.”

Anderson moved to United in the summer of 2007, leaving Porto after starting his senior career at Porto. The 26-year-old made 179 appearances for United, scoring nine times, and spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina. Anderson played seven times for the Viola, and this season has featured only twice for United under Louis van Gaal, both run-outs coming in August – in the Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons and the Premier League draw with Burnley.

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