Brazilian players who played for Manchester United amid Joao Gomes links

Manchester United are set to send scouts to watch Flamengo midfielder Joao Gomes, according to reports in South America.

BolaVIP report that the Red Devils are going to run the rule over the 21-year-old defensive midfielder who currently plays alongside United loanee Andreas Pereira.

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United in Focus have previously had an in-depth look at Gomes, but with the midfielder linked with a switch to the Theatre of Dreams, we take a look at the Brazilian players that have played for Manchester United.

Brazilian players that played for Manchester United

Andreas Pereira

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Manchester United fans worst fears – talks of a permanent move between Flamengo and the Reds for Pereira have collapsed.

The 26-year-old’s loan spell in Brazil is due to come to an end next month and the midfielder will likely return for pre-season under Erik ten Hag.

Pereira has been a Manchester United player for ten years since arriving from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, but he’s never really established himself as a first team regular, and the club’s decision to hand him a new four-year contract in July 2019 was one of five contract extension mistakes Manchester United made.

Despite making 40 appearances for the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 2019/20 campaign, Pereira hasn’t made a competitive appearance for United since August 2020.

Barring a remarkable transformation, its highly unlikely that Pereira is going to be the midfielder marvel that Ten Hag seeks.

Kleberson

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After playing a key part in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup triumph, Sir Alex Ferguson signed Kleberson from Atletico Paranaense in August 2003.

The defensive midfielder, who arrived in Manchester, was seen as a replacement for fellow South American Juan Sebastian Veron, but he only made 30 appearances across two seasons before moving to Besiktas.

After two years in Turkey, Kleberson returned to his homeland with Flamengo before finishing his playing career in America.

The 42-year-old, who arrived at Old Trafford in the same summer as Cristiano Ronaldo, is currently working as an assistant manager for Philadelphia Union II.

Anderson

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Anderson spent seven-and-a-half years at Old Trafford after joining from Porto for a fee of around £26m in July 2007.

The 2008 Golden Boy winner struggled with injuries and fitness, which culminated in him hardly featuring for United’s first team during the latter stages of his time at Old Trafford.

The all-action midfielder played 181 times for the club and was a member of the side that won the Champions League in 2008, scoring a penalty in the shootout victory over Chelsea in Moscow.

His time at Manchester United featured four Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups and the Fifa Club World Cup.

When Anderson was fit and on form he could go toe-to-toe with any midfielder on the planet, but United’s samba midfield magician didn’t have the drive to fulfil his burgeoning potential.

Fabio

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Fábio and his twin brother Rafael began their careers with Fluminense in their native Brazil before being signed by United in February 2007.

Unlike his sibling, the two-time Brazilian international struggled to nail down a place in United’s first team, but he did start the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley against Barcelona.

After spending the 2012-13 season on loan at Queens Park Rangers, Fabio made just three more appearances for the Reds before being signed for Cardiff City by Solskjaer in January 2014.

The 31-year-old made 56 appearances for Manchester United and after a two-year spell with Middlesbrough he moved to Ligue 1 side Nantes and he has played 87 times for the Stade de la Beaujoire side.

Rafael

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The 31-year-old spent seven-and-a-half years at United before being ushered out by Louis van Gaal and sold to Lyon in August 2015.

The all-action right-back, who is a cult hero at Old Trafford, won nine trophies during his time in M16, including three Premier Leagues.

Rafael made 170 appearances for the Reds before moving to the Groupama Stadium where he spent five seasons.

The fellow two-time Brazil international moved from Lyon to Istanbul Basaksehir and he spent one season in Turkey which saw him face Manchester United in the Champions League.

Rafael moved to Brazilian side Botafogo in September 2021 but he’s currently out injured with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Fred

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Manchester United splashed out £47m to bring Fred in from Shakhtar Donetsk and make the Brazilian midfielder Jose Mourinho’s second signing in the summer of 2018.

United’s number 17 has often been a scapegoat when the club has gone through a turbulent period during his four years with the twenty-time champions.

The 29-year-old has become a regular for club and country and he’ll be hoping to form a key part of Ten Hag’s plans.

Fred’s contract at Old Trafford expires next summer, but the Reds do have the option of extending his contract by a further year.

Fred’s played 157 times for the Red Devils but he’s yet to lift a trophy.

Alex Telles

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Telles, who was signed for £13.6m from Porto in October 2020, has made 50 appearances for the Reds across his two seasons in Manchester.

The 29-year-old had only featured once in the Premier League this season prior to Solskjaer’s sacking, but he made 18 top-flight starts under a combination of Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick following the Norwegian’s departure.

Like the majority of the United squad, Telles will be facing an anxious wait to see whether he forms a part of Ten Hag’s plans for Manchester United this season.

While Telles possesses the ability to produce tantalising crosses from the left, his defending and positioning has let him down, particularly towards the end of the season.

Of the Brazilian players that played for Manchester United – Telles was the last Seleção player to be signed by the club.

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