Club: Manchester United
Position: Central Midfield
Date of Birth: February 13th 1989
Place of Birth: Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Previous Club(s): Internacional
It’s perhaps easy to forget about Rodrigo Possebon after injury affected his first season in England, but he deserves his place in the upper end of any list after showing some fantastic ability and, perhaps more impressively, a game that belies his age. Signed by Manchester United following their swoop for the Da Silva twins, the defensively-minded midfielder came straight to England in January of 2008 with an Italian passport and eased straight into the Reserve setup at Old Trafford, having not quite broken into Internacional’s first team.
To say he made an instant impression would be putting it mildly. Casually controlling the midfield with good passing, intelligence, and an ability in the tackle, he also showed off a knack for scoring long-range screamers. In putting his name on lips, Possebon earned himself a spot on United’s 08/09 pre-season tour of South Africa.
United’s midfield is a tough place to break into, especially with Carrick and Anderson still on the young sides of their careers, but from what Possebon has so far showed in a red shirt, he’ll justify a place alongside them in the coming years.
Following a successful pre-season, Possebon made an early professional debut for United, during a start to the season which saw their squad ravaged by injury and suspension. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he was to join that list in September in a Carling Cup clash with Middlesbrough. Possebon was subject to a horrendous tackle from Emmanuel Pogatetz. Initial fears of a broken leg were eased, but a bad cut kept him out of action for a month, and upon return it took some time for him to recover properly.
Over the turn of the year into 2009, he began finding form again for the Reserves, and made first team appearances in both the FA and Carling Cup. He was a part of the squad which won the Carling Cup at Wembley, and can once again work on breaking back into the first team squad.