Manchester United may have been unable to sign any marquee players in the summer transfer window, but it tends to go unnoticed that the Red Devils still did spend over £50 million on a midfielder who was on the radar of several top European clubs.
Fred joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, and came with a reputation of being a rugged central midfielder while also possessing the silkiness that comes with being born Brazilian.
Though he didn’t play as many pre-season matches as he would have liked, Fred has nonetheless adapted seamlessly to life in England, as it was on display last weekend against Leicester.
Fans have been raving about the impact the 25-year-old has made at Old Trafford, and apparently they aren’t alone.
Manager Jose Mourinho has also felt that Fred made an instant impact at Manchester United since joining, and that his teammates feel the same way too. Manchester Evening News are reporting that the Portuguese boss had some very special things to say about the new signing.
“People can already feel his positive influence on the team and on the style of football that the team wants to play”, Mourinho revealed.
“When we brought him here, we knew he could influence the dynamic because he could attract other people to follow him in the way he thinks football and the way he likes to play football.”
Not just his work on the pitch, but Mourinho even highlighted the impact Fred has had in the dressing room: “He doesn’t speak good English but he speaks with everyone and understands everyone and they understand him.
“He’s a really, really good guy and he brought new music to the place because we were a bit tired of [David] De Gea and Ashley Young’s music all the time!”
Moral of the story: When you’re playing music the boss likes, you’re definitely starting the next game of football.