Manchester United midfielder Fred has revealed that Jose Mourinho played a key role in his Old Trafford move.
The Brazilian joined the Red Devils during the summer transfer window from Shakhtar Donetsk signing a five-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old admits he had talks with United local rivals Manchester City before moving to the Theatre of Dreams.
“That’s true, I received an offer from them [Manchester City] and even talked to my Brazilian team-mates who play for our neighbours,” Fred told FourFourTwo.
“They were trying to convince me to join them, but in the end, it didn’t happen. Then it was the summer and, as I said, there were other offers, including from United. I quickly decided that was the right move for me.”
“Mourinho is a top, top professional and every player likes to work with such a winner. I’m learning things from him, that’s for sure.”
“He can be quite strict, but that’s part of his job. He’s also friendly and funny off the pitch and jokes with us in the dressing room. Jose was crucial in my decision to join Manchester United and I’m grateful for his interest in my football.”
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Fred, who cost United £52m, has now made seven Premier League appearances with one goal which came on 22 September against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The midfielder spent five seasons at Ukrainian side Shakhtar where he bagged 14 goals in 156 appearances.