Kleberson, Fred & the Brazilians to have played for Man Utd before Antony

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Antony is joining Manchester United for £85 million ($99m) from Ajax, meaning that he will become just the tenth Brazilian to don the club's famous red shirt. He is being reunited with a familiar coach as Erik ten Hag seeks to bolster his attacking unit at Old Trafford.

Who are the other Samba stars to have played for the Red Devils, and how did they do? GOAL ranks United's previous Brazilians from their time on the books of Premier League heavyweights as Antony joins the fold...

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    9Rodrigo Possebon

    A hot prospect that United bought into with the hope of turning him into a superstar, Possebon joined from Internacional in January 2008 and made his debut when replacing Ryan Giggs in a Premier League meeting with Newcastle in the August of that year.

    Possebon collected Community Shield and League Cup winners’ medals alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, but suffered a serious injury and was offloaded after making just eight appearances.

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    8Kleberson

    Having won the World Cup in 2002, Kleberson made history a year later when becoming the first Brazilian to represent Manchester United.

    He had attracted interest from leading sides across Europe, but opted to join the Red Devils for £6.5 million ($8m) as a midfield replacement for Juan Sebastian Veron.

    An unfortunate injury was picked up in just his second outing for the club and he would make only 30 appearances in total before joining Besiktas in 2005.

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    7Andreas Pereira

    The talented playmaker joined United’s academy ranks in 2011 and landed a first professional contract two years later.

    He made his senior debut against MK Dons in August 2014, the first of 75 total appearances for the Red Devils.

    Pereira is a Brazil international despite being born in Belgium and spent the last two seasons out on loan in South America at Flamengo before leaving United permanently to join Fulham ahead of the 2022-23 season.

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    6Casemiro

    With a Brazilian theme running through United's business in the summer of 2022, Casemiro arrived in England a matter of weeks before Antony.

    It is still far too early to pass judgement on whether he will flourish or flop at Old Trafford, as he is still finding his feet, but there is no doubting his pedigree.

    A vastly-experienced midfielder claimed three La Liga titles and five Champions League crowns during nine memorable years with Real Madrid and adds an important winning mentality to Erik ten Hag's squad.

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    5Alex Telles

    Telles was lured to Old Trafford in October 2020 after registering 13 goals and 11 assists during the previous campaign at Porto. His ability to contribute at both ends of the field from left-back made him of obvious appeal to United.

    He faced competition for minutes from Luke Shaw throughout two seasons in England, but reached 50 appearances for the club while opening his goal account in a Champions League clash with Villarreal in September 2021.

    The arrival of Tyrell Malacia in the summer of 2022, though, saw Telles fall further down the pecking order, and he joined Sevilla on loan a few weeks later.

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    4Fabio da Silva

    Fabio joined United alongside twin brother Rafael after impressing scouts at the 2005 Nike Premier Cup in Hong Kong.

    He found himself stuck behind Patrice Evra in the left-back pecking order after moving to England from Fluminense and was restricted to 56 appearances in five years.

    He won the Premier League and graced a Champions League final during his time at Old Trafford, and would go on to spend further time in England with Queens Park Rangers, Cardiff and Middlesbrough.

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    3Anderson

    Sir Alex Ferguson invested £20 million ($25m) worth of faith in the promising teenager after seeing him burst onto a senior stage at Gremio and Porto, and within 12 months of his arrival at Old Trafford, Anderson collected the prestigious Golden Boy award in 2008.

    He would make 181 appearances for the Red Devils in total, winning four Premier League titles and a Champions League crown along the way, but never truly convinced as form and fitness deserted him.

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    2Fred

    United fended off competition for Fred’s signature from arch-rivals Manchester City to put a £52.5 million ($64m) deal in place with Shakhtar Donetsk during the summer transfer window of 2018.

    He was, though, always going to find it difficult to live up to that price tag and initially struggled to make the desired impact in England.

    Fred has, however, grown into the central midfield role down the years, making over 150 appearances, but questions continue to be asked as to whether further upgrades in the Red Devils’ engine room are required.

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    1Rafael da Silva

    The most successful of United’s Brazilian imports after becoming something of a cult hero to those at Old Trafford, the diminutive full-back could always be relied upon to give his all, while also playing with a smile on his face.

    He made 170 appearances for United across seven seasons and helped them to three Premier League titles, a League Cup triumph, a Club World Cup crown and two Champions League finals.