Fred is red
Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Fred (C) controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Shakhtar Donetsk on December 8, 2015 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP PHOTO / Franck FIFE AND - (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Fred is Red: Manchester United sign Shakhtar’s star midfielder

Manchester United have got their man. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Red Devils have captured Shakhtar Donetsk’s star midfielder. Fred is Red, and Chief Executive Ed Woodward has kickstarted the Old Trafford outfit’s summer transfer window with a bang.

Fred, 25, has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a few months. In the January window there were even reports of him heading to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Brazilian star has finished his fifth season with Shakhtar Donetsk, ending his spell in Ukraine with 14 goals from 156 games. Ten of those goals coming in league play.

Where will he play?

Jose Mourinho will look to play Fred in the right central midfield slot. Part of his 4-3-3 formation. This will consist of Paul Pogba on his left, and Nemanja Matic sitting behind. The Brazilian central midfielder will be a significant upgrade from Andre Herrera. Fred will retain Herrera’s defensive intensity, but will bring more composure on the ball. His passing and dribbling ability also surpass the Spaniard’s.

This improved passing ability will help United’s build-up play immeasurably. His dribbling will also provide a new dimension to the club’s counter attacking play.

Fred will take much of the responsibility of advancing the ball up the field away from Paul Pogba. This will leave the Frenchman free to showcase the best of his creative abilities in the final third of the pitch. It could be said this has been an area lacking from United’s recent games.

Likewise, Fred’s defensive contribution will ease the burden on Nemanja Matic’s shoulders. At 31, the Serbian isn’t getting any younger. Fred’s presence in midfield will ease the pressure on Matic, providing back-up where needed. Though Fred has the talent, he still can only learn from the highly experienced Matic.

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  1. Comment: Advise Pogba to concentrate on playing football than hairstyles he is completely lost. Let’s monitor his performance at the world cup, that will determine his fate.

  2. […] Fred was signed for £50 million under Jose Mourinho from Shakhtar Donetsk. Upon his arrival, he has failed to meet expectations and has looked uncomfortable in many games. The Brazillian has managed just nine Premier League appearances this season but looks to have found some form in recent weeks. Fred is a very complete midfielder and despite the result, looked very good against Arsenal last weekend. His attacking mentality and ability to play the ball forward with a great degree of accuracy is of great value. Lately, Fred has highlighted his ability to win the ball back in the middle of the park and ignite a counter attack. With the absence of Martial and Lingard, it hasn’t been as effective, however, once Solskjær has all players back at full fitness, Fred could fit the system very nicely. […]


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