As the Brazilian media covers the national team’s training camp in London, they consider Fred’s move to Manchester United pretty much done.
Most of the reporters doing the coverage know about the midfielder’s transfer to the Premier League side, and website Globo Esporte continues to bring some pretty accurate information about the move.
On Tuesday, they claim that the player has returned to the camp from his day off already as a Manchester United player.
As previously reported by them, the midfielder travelled to Manchester on Sunday after Brazil’s match against Croatia, which was played at Anfield.
He had his medical at Carrington, but went to Manchester United’s office in London to sign a five-year contract. According to Globo Esporte, that’s all done already.
Now Globo Esporte says that Fred already posed for pictures and videos at Carrington, before travelling to sign the contract.
The outlet also claims that the player’s agents Fabio Mello and Gilberto Silva were impressed with Manchester United’s facilities and the level of attention from club employees.
On Monday evening, Tino Marcos and Galvão Bueno, who have followed the Brazilian national team for decades, both made a night report for Globo from London, and had some comments about the Manchester United move.
Tino Marcos claimed he had spoken to Fred some time ago, and the player was really wanting things to be sorted as soon as possible so he could focus on the national team. The midfielder himself told the reporter that there was a battle between City and United for his signature.
"United’s flag is deepest red, it shrouded all our Munich dead. Before their limbs grew stiff and cold, their heart’s blood dyed it’s ev’ry fold. Then raise United’s banner high, beneath it’s shade we’ll live and die. So keep the faith and never fear."
Not gonna pretend I know an awful lot about him other than a few fleeting glimpses of him in CL games and some very recently put together youtube vids, what kind of player is he and how good is he at it?
When Fred finally gets to meet up with the Manchester United squad after the World Cup, many of his new teammates might make the easy mistake that those from Shakhtar Donetsk did when he first arrived in Ukraine in 2013 – that he’s quite small, that he might be easy to knock off the ball.
It is an easy mistake given that slight five-foot-six-inch frame – but could lead to a few difficult moments in training. As former Shakhtar assistant Miguel Cardoso tells The Independent, Fred has “balls of steel”.
“He’s very brave and, in challenges, so strong.”
The 25-year-old will likely add more than steel to United, though. Fred will also add that high-grade oil, to make them a much slicker, free-moving side. That is another of his strengths – and he has many of those that Jose Mourinho most specifically wants this summer.
The United boss has been primarily concerned with bolstering his midfield in this window, and particularly wants a player to create a more fluid link between Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba. That necessitates fine positional sense, strong tackling and quick passing, all under Mourinho’s wider demand that any new players signed be “warriors”, who follow his tactical instructions like soldiers.
Cardoso, however, feels Fred is “perfect” for this.
“He is perfect, perfect,” the Portuguese coach enthuses, having worked at Shakhtar for Fred’s first four years there before moving on to become the much-admired coach of Rio Ave. “If Fred needs to fight, he’ll fight. When he needs to play, he plays. He’s very brave, very brave.
“He’s a player with great ambition, that doesn’t have a fear of playing in any situation, any context. He is the type of player that, when things are going badly, you can give the ball to him. He has balls of steel - to use the expression. He has such a strong nerve.
“His technical capacity is enormous. And in challenges, as I say, even though he’s small, he’s strong. But the real positive to him being small is that he doesn’t have a problem playing in tight spaces, and coming out with the ball to drive play.
“He’s also excellent box to box, has that energy, and is so good tactically. He has a deep understanding. When Paolo [Fonseca] arrived at Shakhtar, he liked him a lot.
“So, whatever Jose will ask of him, he will try to do it well. He’s also decisive, that I think Mourinho will like. He plays for the team. If he has to do something on the pitch, he’ll do it. If they ask him to make that connection between Matic and Pogba, I’m sure he’ll do it well.
“He has all the ingredients required to take his Shakhtar game to United, a player with extreme quality.”
There’s also the wider issue of how he takes to the Premier League and the pressures of a club like United, but Cardoso doesn’t foresee that being any kind of complication.
“In Ukraine, they play in bad conditions, with the snow, with very bad pitches, but his technical quality meant he was even more effective.
“Fred has a lot of Champions League and Europa League experience. In the last few years, the Ukrainian league hasn’t been as strong but Fred played in it when there was a lot of fight, and could be physical. He succeeded.”
Given that Mourinho has expressed frustrations with some of the trappings of the modern professional – with a few veiled criticisms of Pogba in that regard – this is another area where Fred could be “perfect” for his new boss.
“He knows very well what it means to be a professional,” Cardoso explains. “First of all, they’re going to get a lad who is a great man, lovely to be around. He has a way about him that everyone will love. He’s not only humble, he’s always very happy, very relaxed. Everyone will like him.
He’s a boy who’s not going to create a single problem. “Fred is a family guy. He has his girlfriend. You don’t see him out much, he’s a lovely guy. Very relaxed life.
“He is always trying to get better. At the end of training, he would always be one of the ones staying behind to work on technical aspects of his game, free-kicks - like that goal against Roma in the Champions League. He’s always looking to be better.”
It seems he has all the qualities required to make United - and Pogba - better.
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May 10, 2018 18:27:15 GMT
WhatsTheMata: Glad you think it's funny. When we get fucked around by the spells you just deleted you will take me seriously
May 19, 2018 11:57:48 GMT
No.7: Can this thread be unlocked or is it too early? not that i want Jose out now but i think were coming close to that time and want to hear peoples opinions on the subject.
Sept 20, 2018 10:15:25 GMT
cjjagzmoni: Pogba is a good lad minus the showboating..I think at Juventus he had Older players like Pirlo,Chiellini,Marchisio,Bonucci who shout and screams at him so he was more serious at Juve ,We dont have those type of leaders at United to caution him.
Nov 1, 2018 3:36:38 GMT
geo: Cardiff City - Huddersfield Town - Bournemouth - Newcastle United = 12 points. Back in the hunt. Come on.
Dec 19, 2018 17:55:18 GMT
geo: Job done as above - next step, stay unbeaten until we get to the PSG game.
Jan 3, 2019 23:17:42 GMT
theedge: Just discovered this forum. I live in Canada so don't get to many games, but I get to watch all the games live. Last 2 games attended in person: Europa League Final in Stockholm 2017, FA Cup Final 2016. Won the last 11 I've been to. I need to go more often
Apr 1, 2019 23:25:01 GMT
simes: Kazakhstan....well blow me down...been there many a time, not so bad a journey. FC Astana are not a bad outfit, gave Celtic a good run, and the National side beat Scotland. What do you reckon a walk over? BTW its easy to get to, I always use Air Astana.
Aug 30, 2019 14:11:59 GMT
snan1218: Hi,I'm very new member,the Red Devil from Malaysia.
Oct 10, 2019 9:16:40 GMT
shah: Hi i am shah been united fan from birec
Jan 24, 2020 8:33:02 GMT