Zaha and Anderson Leave

Published: 03rd February 2015 10:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2015 10:26 AM   |  A+A-

Manchester United have offloaded two of the most expensive mistakes of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign as -manager by securing the departures of Wilfried Zaha and Anderson.
Zaha, a pounds 12?million signing from Crystal Palace in January 2013, has made his loan move back to Selhurst Park permanent by agreeing a 51/2?year contract after the clubs agreed an initial fee of pounds 3?million, potentially rising to pounds 6?million, for the former England winger.

Anderson had a medical with Brazilian club Internacional yesterday following United's decision to hand the 26-year-old - a pounds 26?million signing from Porto in May 2007 - a free transfer, despite the mid-fielder having six months left on his contract.
Zaha returns to Palace following a two-year spell at United during which he made just two starts and two substitute appearances after becoming Ferguson's final signing as manager. Having spent 18 months of that time on loan at Palace (twice) and Cardiff City, Zaha's sale had been inevitable.

Anderson's return to his home city, Porto Alegre, to sign for Internacional was accelerated by United's decision to allow him to negotiate a free transfer following his lack of first-team opportunities under Louis van Gaal.
He was loaned to Fiorentina last January but the Italians turned down the opportunity to sign him permanently, so he returned to United. He then made only a brief substitute outing at Burnley last August. Anderson is understood to have secured a five-year contract at Internacional.

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