They say word of mouth is king when it comes to making a decision, and while this is true in today’s consumerist world of purchasing products and services, it also holds heavy weight when one’s future destination is on the line.
It goes without saying that alumni of institutions and former players at clubs become great sources of inspirations when individuals are debating their next club. Youngsters, in particular, hold such pieces of advice in high regard.
However, when the former member of a club urges you to join a rival, then it does seem a bit odd. This precise thing occurred in the case of Manchester United midfielder Fred.
It’s no secret that the coveted Brazilian was pursued by numerous clubs before United secured him earlier this summer, but the vital decision lay in the player’s hand, and one person played a crucial role in ensuring Old Trafford was the destination.
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In an interview with the club website, Fred reveals that the advice of fellow Brazilian and former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva was important in him making the decision to move to the Theatre of Dreams.
“He praised the club a lot and, after he was granted the opportunity to speak to Jose Mourinho and other senior figures at United, we made the decision together for me to come here. We decided it would be a good move for me.”
He further adds: “Gilberto is a top guy and his advice means a lot to me. He played in the same position as I do and he won the Premier League, so I look to him for inspiration, I listen to what he has to say and I take on board what he tells me.”
The 25-year-old has had a mixed start to life as a United player. His first game held a largely positive assessment of his performance while the 3-2 defeat to Brighton earlier this week held even the new arrival in some doubt.