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Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson punches teammate in training

Internacional v Sao Paulo - Series A 2015 : News Photo
Anderson joined Internacional in 2015 from Manchester United
Modified 18 Oct 2016, 20:09 IST

The Brazilian midfielder, Anderson, was signed by Manchester United and Alex Ferguson in 2007 after he won the Golden Boy award.

And the former United midfielder is in the news for all the wrong reasons after getting into an altercation with a teammate at Brazilian club Internacional.

Video footage caught the moment when Anderson slugged his teammate, William, at training. Internacional were having a regular training ground drill when Anderson sent an attempt flying over the cross bar. 

Former United man Anderson could be seen making a clear punch at the Brazilian defender William which connected, causing the young defender to recoil back. He could be seen bleeding from the nose.

(Video Courtesy: VVMemes YouTube Channel)

Also read: What went wrong for Anderson at Manchester United?   

The pair then exchanged words with William saying something in the direction of the midfielder before the two came to a physical altercation.

The Internacional fans have voiced their displeasure about Anderson's punch up with his teammate and have started a petition to ask club officials to expel him from the club and terminate his contract.


Internacional are yet to comment on the training ground incident.

Also read: 10 of the biggest wastes of talent in football

This spat in training is another sad case, contributing to a poor period for Anderson post-United era. Once dubbed a real prospect, Anderson’s career looks to have spiralled further.

Anderson was just 19-years-old when the Red Devils brought him to England. The Brazilian midfielder made over 150 appearances for the Manchester side and was originally deemed as the long-term solution to United's central midfield dilemma following the departure of club legend Paul Scholes. 

After a spell of eight inconsistent and ultimately underwhelming years at Old Trafford he eventually moved back to his home country, signing for Internacional in 2015. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson battled with some of Europe's elite clubs to tie up the signature of Anderson, as well as Portuguese winger Nani.

But the No. 8 could not live up to the expectations and soon found himself unable to make the first team. Eventually, he was discarded under former United manager Louis van Gaal and criticised by football critics all over the world.

Anderson had a short loan spell with Italian side Fiorentina in 2015 before returning to his home nation. 

Published 18 Oct 2016, 19:10 IST
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