Man Utd Announce Summer Signing of Brazilian Midfielder Fred From Shakhtar Donetsk

Man Utd Announce Summer Signing of Brazilian Midfielder Fred From Shakhtar Donetsk

The 25-year-old has made eight appearances for Brazil and was named in the county's 23-man squad for the World Cup, and Rivaldo reckons his compatriot could be the missing piece of United's midfield jigsaw.

Manchester United have today revealed that they have agreed on a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk to bring Brazilian midfielder Fred to the club. Mourinho believes they could be on course for further glory on Russian soil at the World Cup led by Neymar Jr, Casemiro, Coutinho and co.

United saw off competition from Manchester City to land Fred, who is set to move to the Premier League after five seasons in Ukraine.

Jose Mourinho played a major role in convincing Fred to snub Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United, according to reports in France.

Possebon, now a sporting director, has no doubts that Fred is ready for the Premier League.

As they prepare for the World Cup in order to look sharp on the pitch, the Brazil players are also aiming to look sharp off it too.

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Fred impressed for Shakhtar last season, playing particularly well in the Champions League as his team reached the Round of 16.

Handed his debut by Dunga in 2014, Fred's worldwide career was disrupted after testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America. Michael Carrick's retirement has only heightened the need for another commanding midfield presence.

Mourinho's task will now be to harness Fred's passing ability, while also finally getting the best out of Pogba in his third season since an £89 million move from Juventus.

Fred's performances for Internacional, who won back-to-back regional championships with him in the side, attracted the interest of Shakhtar Donetsk.

United now miss that desire in their midfield, if not in the team hotel the night before games.

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