Manchester United confirm the signing of Fred

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on a five-year deal.

Fred Manchester United
Fred becomes Manchester United’s second signing of the summer

The Red Devil’s confirmed the signing of Fred on their official website this afternoon by confirming the player has signed a five-year deal.

The 25-year-old is currently in Russia with Brazil playing in this summers World Cup finals.

He becomes Jose Mourinho’s second signing of the summer after the purchase of Diogo Dalot from Porto a few weeks ago.

Jose Mourinho told the Manchester United website after the signing was announced: “Fred will complement our other midfielders qualities, which we need.

“His creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game. I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players know how important he can be in our team.”

It is expected the defensive holding midfielder will play alongside Nemanja Matic in the centre of United’s midfield which will free up Paul Pogba into a more attacking role.

Fred told the United website: “This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team.

“To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.

“I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new team-mates. I would like to thank everyone at Shakhtar Donetsk for everything they have done for me over the past five years.

“This is a very exciting time for me with my focus now fully on the World Cup with Brazil.”

The player is currently recovering from a knock to his ankle in training with Brazil. He has not made a start in the tournament yet but hopes to get some playing time should Brazil beat Serbia to qualify for the last-16 next week.