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Anderson has made just two appearances this season for United.Getty Images

Manchester United are preparing to offload ostracised midfielder Anderson after the player was pictured undergoing a medical with Brazilian club Internacional ahead of a deadline day move.

The 26-year-old has not made a Premier League start for Louis van Gaal's side since September 2013, after spending the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina.

Anderson has endured a torrid seven-and-a-half years at United, failing to make an impact after being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2007 in a £20m deal. Now it appears his nightmare spell with the 20-time English league champions looks to be over.

The Brazil international was pictured at the Internacional training ground on Monday and club president Vitorio Piffer said: "We know the player. I have spoken to him and am sure we will see the Anderson we all remember.

"This is not a risky signing. He will bring us great happiness."

Midfielder Juan Mata, who joined United during the last January window for £35m, hinted that the deal was on the cards after wishing his best to Anderson, who will look to reignite his career back in his homeland.

Former United captain Gary Neville, who played with Anderson during the twilight of his career at Old Trafford, told Sky Sports: "I think that there have been some really good performances but again, not consistently.

"And the fitness - he picked up a lot of injuries but generally you'd have to say he will look back on his United career with some level of disappointment.

"Having played with him, he's got an enormous amount of talent and I think of some of the games, I can think of a couple of games at Anfield I can remember, or against Liverpool, and I think in big matches he was really capable.

"He was a big-game player with a big-game mentality and lots of skill, but was never fit enough to do it consistently week in week out in the Premier League, and that's a real shame.

"Because that's when a lot of players will look back at the end of their careers and think 'could I have been that little bit more driven and determined?'

"He's got the talent but he just lacked and he's been unfortunate with injuries, I'll give him that."

Anderson is expected to be followed out of the United exit door by Wilfried Zaha, who is likely to return to Crystal Palace on a permanent deal, while Adnan Januzaj and Tom Cleverley have also been linked with moves away.