Fred smiling during a photoshoot at the Aon Training Complex.

'Fred is eager to learn and succeed at United'

Monday 02 July 2018 10:11

Summer signing Fred has everything that is needed to become a success at Manchester United, according to former Brazil international and World Cup winner Gilberto Silva.

The 25-year-old completed a transfer from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk on 21 June and Jose Mourinho has already suggested his presence will vastly improve our midfield in 2018/19.

Fred has joined a squad that includes a group of talented central midfield players, including Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini. 

Silva is of course among a select group of Brazilians who succeeded in the Premier League, after spending six seasons with Arsenal from 2002. The former Gunner is now a successful agent and believes his client Fred will help everybody at United, including two specific players in midfield.

“He’s a mixture of a no.6 and a no.8,” Silva said at the weekend. “He can play in both positions and he played in many different roles in his early days, including as a winger. He’s a real box-to-box midfielder and his final pass is really good. The combination with Fred can really help Pogba. With Fred, Pogba can be more free to go forward and help the guys up front, as he likes to do. I’m looking forward to see the combination with Fred, Pogba and Matic, and how Jose is going to use them.”

Fred will become the seventh Brazilian player at United, following previous Samba stars Kleberson, Anderson, Rafael, Fabio, Rodrigo Possebon and Andreas Pereira. While it can be challenge for South Americans to adapt in England, Silva has explained why he has no worries about Fred.

“When Kleberson went to United, he was too shy and introverted to play for such a big club, and he struggled with injuries,” Silva said. “And with Anderson, it was quite sad for me that he couldn’t adapt at United and stay longer at the club. If you find it difficult to adapt, you have to work at it, because there are always challenges wherever you go. But with the experience that Fred already has of playing abroad, five years in Ukraine and playing in the Champions League, he has an advantage. 

“When we went to Manchester to complete the move, he asked the club to have a teacher, not a translator. This is a good sign, not to have a translator on a daily basis, which is the easy option. He’s eager to learn the language, the culture, the way the club is – everything. I don’t see any problem with him adapting to playing in England and being a success at United.”

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Brazil are currently among the favourites to win the World Cup after progressing to the Round of 16 with ease. They are set to face Mexico in Samara at 15:00 BST today and Fred hopes to feature, having sat on the bench as an unused substitute throughout the tournament so far.

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