Internacional opted to pull off a major coup

Brazilian outfit Internacional opted to pull off a major coup after managing to sign former Manchester United midfielder Anderson a few months ago.

However, the club coach Diego Aguirre has admitted in an extraordinary interview that signing the player was not his choice. The 26-year-old, who is still relatively young, has been suffering from a lot of fitness issues over the last two seasons. This led to his failed loans spells at the likes of Fiorentina and Porto. Hence,Aguirre was sceptical about signing him from United on huge wages. His doubts were proven correct in the recent derby match against Cruzeiro.

Internacional could only manage a 2-2 draw against Cruzeiro but it could have been so different had it not been for a missed penalty by Anderson. The club have been doing extremely well in the domestic league and cup competitions. However, fans always count victories against their local rivals and a win against Cruzeiro would have boosted the popularity of manager Aguirre immensely. As it is, the club will have to wait for another match in order to try and get a win. This game witnessed one red card for each of the teams. Lopez was the star man after scoring two goals in the second half to help his team comeback from the brink of a defeat.

“It wasn’t me but the board that wanted him. They thought Anderson was a good signing and a good business move for the future. That’s why they bought him.There are players who are brought in because of their football and others that come as a recommendation from the board,” said the Internacional manager. Anderson was a high-profile signing for Manchester United back in 2007, as he cost around £ 26 million. He won several titles including the Premier League and the Champions League.