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Fred Discusses His Love of English Football

Manchester United midfielder Fred says he has had a long standing love of English football, which influenced his decision to sign for United from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer. The Brazilian says he grew up watching the Premier League.

“I always watched a lot of English football,” he told the Manchester United website. “It has always been really strong. I use to watch United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, when Gilberto Silva used to play there.

“I have many idols like Gilberto, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes - many great players that have been here as well.” Fred also says he is forging friendships in the squad with the help of Manchester’s Brazilian diaspora.

“My wife talks a lot with Fernandinho and Ederson's wives. For the players, the fixtures and training schedules are very different so we end up not having time. I hang out more with the United squad - Andreas Pereira and the players who speak Spanish.

“Even those who speak English. We meet after work to play video games and have dinner. It is important for the team. Paul Pogba, Andreas, Eric Bailly... we are close friends too.”


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