Jose Mourinho Reveals Why He Signed Fred This Summer

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Jose Mourinho signed Fred this summer after getting impressed with his ability to ‘play in short spaces’. 

Manchester United were quick off the blocks in the transfer window this summer. Brazilian midfielder Fred has been their biggest signing of the window, as they paid £47 million to Shakhtar Donetsk to seal the deal.

The Red Devils completed all the paperwork before the World Cup and began working on his work permit. It took time to process his request, and eventually, United announced the completion of his move early this month.

Fred was part of Brazil’s squad that made it to the quarter-finals in Russia this summer. Unfortunately, he picked up a knock just before the tournament began, and failed to play a single minute at the World Cup.

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Fred was considered to be a replacement to Michael Carrick, who retired last season. The Manchester United veteran spent 12 years at the club, making 464 appearances across all competitions. But in a recent press conference, Mourinho revealed that there won’t be any successor for the Englishman.

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“Michael Carrick is Michael Carrick, there is no successor,” said Jose, before going on to specifically speak about Fred.

“Fred is a technical player, and having him in the squad with people like Matic, Fellaini, Pogba and even Ander [Herrera] who are all strong – we think that a player like Fred and Andreas Pereira are more technical, more quality of passing in short spaces, connecting with attacking players.

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“We think he could be important for us but let’s wait,” Mourinho concluded.

Though Fred started their transfer window on a high note, business seems to be halted at Old Trafford. But Mourinho still wants to bring in two players before the transfer window shuts on August 9.

The United gaffer is hoping to add a centre-back and a forward to the squad before they begin their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on the 10th of August.