Manchester United’s Brazilian youngster Rodrigo Possebon has returned to his native country, joining the Sao Paulo state champions Santos. Possebon had shown some promise during his development at Old Trafford but has failed to make the grade.
Up until a league cup game with Middlesbrough in September 2008, where Emanuel Pogatetz crunched the young midfielder nearly breaking his leg, Possebon was progressing well. It seems that since that game, where he was stretchered off, he’s been unable to continue improving and has decided it’s time to call an end to his tenure at United.
Possebon has made a handful of appearances for United over the two and a half years at the club. He was part of the squad that beat Tottenham on penalties to win the 2009 League Cup.
Last season he joined Portugese club Braga on loan, for what was supposed to be the whole season. He returned to Old Trafford, however, in January after falling down the pecking order and making only one solitary appearance.
The deal to Santos may be about more than simply Possebon not being good enough. Sir Alex Ferguson is shrewd, and while there’s every chance there may be a buy back clause in the sale, I think there could be a deal in place to give United first refusal on one of Santos’ up and coming stars.
Santos has consistently produced top class players for decades. And while I doubt the first refusal clause would be for Neymar, players like Ganso and Arouca are highly rated.
While it’s a shame that Possebon couldn’t make that step up from reserves to first team, it’s probably best that United let him go. And if they’ve got something in place that means they get a talented Brazlian when they want one then the fans can’t grumble.
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