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Rating the seven Brazilian’s to play for Manchester United in the Premier League era

Manchester United’s flurry of deadline day activity included the signing of Alex Telles from Porto, the left-back arriving to strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options at left-back following a hugely disappointing start to the new season.

The Brazilian arrives with a promising reputation following a successful four-year spell in Portuguese football, winning two league titles with Porto and establishing himself as one of the best attacking full-backs outside of Europe’s major leagues.

Telles will become the eighth Brazilian to represent the Red Devils in the Premier League, though the club will hope he has a significantly greater impact than some of their former South American signings.

Here are our ratings of the seven Brazilians to have played for Manchester United in the Premier League:

Kleberson

Kleberson had formed part of the Brazil side which lifted the 2002 World Cup before making the move to English football a year later, United beating off a host of competition from European sides to secure the signing of the midfielder.

The 23-year-old had impressed after forcing his way into the Selecao side for the latter stages and starred against England in the quarter-finals, before providing an assist as a Ronaldo-inspired Brazil defeated Germany to be crowned world champions.

His arrival caused excitement and he was unveiled alongside a teenage Cristiano Ronaldo, but whilst one reached stratospheric heights the other failed to make an impression amid form and fitness issues.

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Kleberson made only 20 league appearances over two seasons and scored just two goals, the performances of the club’s first ever Brazilian largely industrious but uninspiring before he was allowed to leave for Besiktas.

Rating: 2/10

Anderson

Four years on from Kleberson’s arrival saw the signing of Anderson from Porto, a player who arrived touted as one of the world’s best young players despite only making a handful of appearances in Portuguese football following his arrival from Gremio.

Sir Alex Ferguson splashed almost £20m on the midfielder and his unique blend of attributes marked him out as a future star, the Brazilian a fine technician that combined strength with an ability to dribble at speed.

His debut season proved one of adaptation but he made 38 appearances as the Red Devils won a Premier League and Champions League double, cooly converting his spot-kick in the latter final victory over Chelsea.

His style of play swiftly endeared him to the United supporters and he outlined his talents with impressive performances against the likes of Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas, but the youngster’s development stuttered despite winning the 2008 Golden Boy award.

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Anderson’s second season saw him continue his development as United reached a second successive Champions League final, niggling injury problems halting his progress and an increase in weight raising questions about his attitude and dedication.

Despite brief demonstrations of his talent and four Premier League winners’ medals he failed to kick on and fulfil his potential at Old Trafford, falling out-of-favour with a once promising career stagnating further following his departure in 2015.

Rating: 5/10

Fabio

Signed alongside twin brother Rafael in the summer of 2008, it’s fair to say that Fabio had a less successful time than his sibling at Manchester United.

The duo were tipped to be the long-term full-back pairing for the Red Devils but Fabio failed to develop as initially hoped, struggling for regular opportunities amid the presence of Patrice Evra at left-back.

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He made only sporadic appearances for the club over six years, with his most productive season coming during the 2010/11 campaign, making 25 appearances in all competitions and starting United’s Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

After a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers he was sold permanently to Cardiff City, later having a two-season stint with Middlesbrough before signing for French side Nantes.

Rating: 3/10

Rafael

Rafael became a terrace favourite after forcing his way into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team plans, the full-back’s tenacious style and commitment to the cause winning him admirers at Old Trafford.

The right-back became a regular in the side following the retirement of Gary Neville and racked up 170 appearances across all competitions, playing his part in three title-winning sides and twice reaching the Champions League final.

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After starring during Ferguson’s final season in charge before retirement he fell out-of-favour following the Scot’s departure, with Louis van Gaal allowing the player to leave for Lyon in 2015.

Rafael spent five seasons with the French side before signing for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir this summer.

Rating: 7/10

Rodrigo Possebon

The third Brazilian youngster to arrive at Manchester United during the 2008 January transfer window, Rodrigo Possebon was another player tipped for a big future upon signing for the Red Devils.

Possebon had impressed as a classy defensive midfield player at Internacional but his career in England failed to take off, the teenager on the receiving end of a horror tackle from Middlesbrough’s Emmanuel Pogatez on his full debut in which he was stretchered from the field.

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Despite avoiding serious injury he never established himself following that clash, making just a handful of appearances before enduring a disappointing loan spell at Braga.

After just two seasons he returned to his native Brazil at Santos, his latter career spent bouncing round a succession of clubs without much success.

Rating: 1/10

Andreas Pereira

Andreas Pereira has spent the past eight years as a Manchester United player without making a great deal of impact, the creative midfielder starring for the club’s youth sides but struggling once handed a first-team opportunity.

The Belgium-born Brazilian enjoyed fruitful loan spells at Granada and Valencia before returning to Old Trafford, where he since made 75 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals including the club’s Goal of the Season against Southampton during the 2018/19 season.

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The often maligned midfielder has fallen down the pecking order of late following the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek, signing for Lazio on another season-long loan deal this month with his long-term future expected to be away from the club.

Rating: 3/10

Fred

Telles will be joined by compatriot Fred in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad this season, the midfielder having been United’s most recent Brazilian acquisition after signing from Shakhtar Donetsk two years ago.

The Brazil international was initially labelled as a big-money flop after struggling following his £52m switch from Ukraine, though a difficult debut season was followed by some much-improved performances last time out.

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Fred’s energy and work-rate made him an important figure in the Red Devils’ side last season as he made 48 appearances in all competitions, but he faces a fight for his first-team place this season amid a wealth of midfield competition at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old will need to kick on once more if he is to remain part of Solskjaer’s plans.

Rating: 5/10

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