New signing Fred has expressed his delight after completing his first training session as a Manchester United player.
The Brazilian, who attracted interest from Manchester City as well, agreed to join the club last month from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of £52.7m
He returned to training for the first time since the World Cup, during which he didn’t play a single minute as Brazil crashed out at the quarter-final stage.
Fred was all smiles at the UCLA campus today and took to social media – having a go at English himself rather than getting someone else to do it, which I like – to voice his enthusiasm at completing his first day of training at the club.
— Fred Rodrigues (@Fred08oficial) July 27, 2018
Fred would have no doubt felt some first day nerves as he descended on the training ground alongside his new teammates. This is, after all, a big step up from Ukrainian football.
But he will not be short in confidence. Mourinho earmarked him as a player United needed some time ago and he remains the club’s only ‘big’ signing. His role will be a clearly defined one: to provide greater zip and forward impetus to the side’s midfield, freeing up Paul Pogba and easing pressure on Nemanja Matic in the process.