Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Fred's move to Manchester United receives Brazilian legend Rivaldo's seal of approval

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Domingo Copeland | 07 June, 2018, 14:00

It's a solid and much-needed signing from Mourinho, who needs a new central midfielder to play alongside Nemanja Matic and allow Paul Pogba to venture forward.

Fred has been included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the World Cup and has always been tipped with a move to the Premier League with Manchester City also said to be admirers of his.

The 25-year-old played for Brazil in the 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield but did not speak out about joining the Red Devils.

The midfielder Fred returns to the Seleção on Tuesday as a Manchester United player.

He is set to become United's first signing of the summer, with Mourinho also closing in on a deal for Porto full-back Diogo Dalot.

United released the following statement on agreeing a deal for Fred.

There are good reasons why Fred, who could make his World Cup debut against Switzerland, has gone under the radar, as Brazilian journalist Alex Sabino points out.

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Fred was handed a two-year ban between July 2015 and July 2017 after he tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during Copa America.

You can join the World Cup prediction party by going to RT Sport's Facebook page and posting your own picks as well as reacting to the Special One's selections.

Whether Real manage to persuade Manchester United to sell remains to be seen, but it appears Mourinho is holding firm.

United are in need of midfield reinforcements with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.

Before his selections he admitted: "I don't want to be emotional but I will have to be".

"He is a wonderful player", the former world footballer of the year said.

Fred is renowned for his all-action style of play and is just as good at tracking back and defending as he is pushing forward and creating chances.

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