New signing Fred learned all about Manchester United by playing computer games and admits he is honoured to be following in the footsteps of one famous former Red.
The Brazil midfielder has completed his move from Shakhtar Donetsk, after obtaining international clearance and a work permit, and is determined to make history at Old Trafford.
In an exclusive first interview with MUTV, the South American explained exactly what United means to him as he spelled out his ambitions.
”I’m really happy,” he said.
“I’m so happy to be here and to have the opportunity to play for this club. It’s a huge club with great history and it’s a real honour to perform for United.
I’m just so happy to have completed the transfer and now look forward to playing for the club.
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“Manchester United, as I say, is a huge club. When I was young, it was a name I used to hear and it was a name I used to see on computer games and I used to play with the team. For me, Manchester United means greatness.”
Fred played at Old Trafford for Shakhtar in a Champions League tie in December 2013 and was thrilled to be up against one of United’s all-time greats. The only goal of the game was scored by Phil Jones during David Moyes’s spell in charge.
”I think the name ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ sums it up,” said Fred.
“It’s such a great stadium.
On that occasion I played against Ryan Giggs and I was so happy to have that opportunity to play against him. Now I’m coming to join the club, not to play alongside Giggs, but to play for the team that he represented and to fight for the same colours.
A move to the Premier League will test the 25-year-old but he cannot wait to get started and prove his ability in the famous red shirt.
“It’s going to be a big challenge, that’s for sure,” he added.
“But as I have already said, I am someone who is always looking to improve. I'm looking to show the best of my abilities every day and to work to improve, and that means working to play well and put in good performances in the Premier League and with Manchester United to achieve great things and win titles.
”At United, I’m looking to win titles, alongside my new team-mates and my new manager, win matches with the club and make history by achieving great things together.”