Fred Reveals The Reason He Chose Manchester United Over Rivals Manchester City
Back in June Fred became Manchester United’s second arrival of what was supposed to be an action-packed summer jam-packed full of blockbuster transfers. However, in total only three additions crept through the Old Trafford door - Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant the other two - much to the disappointment of supporters.
Fred, who cost £52 million from Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, would start each of United’s opening three Premier League matches, but after failing to sparkle he would then only feature in two of their following six top-flight games, however he was brought back to the team for the recent wins over Everton and Bournemouth.
Back in the early days of 2018 Fred was hotly linked with a move to Man City, but nothing came to fruition, however when Man Utd came calling in the summer he jumped at the chance to sign for the Red Devils.
“I received an offer from them (Man City) and even talked to my Brazilian team-mates who play for our neighbours,” Fred told FourFourTwo.
“They were trying to convince me to join them, but in the end it didn’t happen. Then it was the summer and, as I said, there were other offers, including from United. I quickly decided that was the right move for me.
The midfielder then revealed to the popular football magazine the reason why he chose the Red Devils.
“(Jose) Mourinho is a top, top professional and every player likes to work with such a winner. I’m learning things from him, that’s for sure. He can be quite strict, but that’s part of his job. He’s also friendly and funny off the pitch, and jokes with us in the dressing room. Jose was crucial in my decision to join Manchester United and I’m grateful for his interest in my football.”
So, there you have it, some rare praise for manager Mourinho who has come under real pressure at various points this season. However, the Portuguese coach has seemingly now survived United’s patchy period, leading the club to 10 points from their last four games which includes consecutive league wins ahead of a crunch clash against City on Sunday.
However, before United, Mourinho and Fred can look forward to that duel, they have a daunting trip to Juventus tonight (Wednesday) where they will be looking to become only the second side to win a group stage match away to the Old Lady in the last 15 years.
Fred has featured in only one of United’s three Champions League matches so far, but will hope to play some part over in Italy has United look to conjure up a shock win.