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Biting Back: This Manchester United superstar's not so stupid

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Wes Brown, who once called Anderson one of the stupidest players he had worked with

Wes Brown, who once called Anderson one of the stupidest players he had worked with

Wes Brown, who once called Anderson one of the stupidest players he had worked with

The most successful player in the history of football will, once again, be made available to other clubs when the transfer window opens next month.

I was going to say that you'd get him for a knockdown price but, frankly, he won't command any price whatsoever.

You can get him on a free transfer; just sort out a deal for his wages and he's yours.

And for the, er, non-fee, you'll get a player who once cost his current club a whopping £25m.

You'll also be recruiting a guy who lifted the Golden Ball as the best player in the under-17s World Cup a decade ago, and who followed up on that promise by landing the 2008 'Golden Boy' award as Europe's most promising player. You'll be adding to your squad a fully-fledged Brazilian midfielder who's still only 26 years old and, in football terms, yet to reach the peak of his powers.

But there will be few takers for Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira of Manchester United, that shameful waste of both talent and space.

Former United team-mate Wes Brown recently cited Anderson as the stupidest player he had ever worked with.

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But get this: Anderson has four Premier League winners' medals and a Champions League medal.

Indeed, since 2006 he has picked up 14 major honours at United and previous club Porto - at the rate of one trophy for every 14 games played.

As I've said, that makes him, statistically at least, the game's most successful player.

And in the meantime, he has trousered something like £24m in wages.

Who were you saying was stupid, Wes?


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