Fred’s move to Man Utd seems to be just a matter of time and while waiting for the official deal to be confirmed by the two clubs, let’s find out 5 interesting things about the 29-year-old midfielder.
Fred’s move to Man Utd seems to be just a matter of time and while waiting for the official deal to be confirmed by the two clubs, let’s find out 5 interesting things about the 24-year-old midfielder.
- Idol “Rooster”
Fred has had a long journey to settle into the midfield position as he is now. Initially, Fred’s playing position was left-back when he was playing at his hometown club Atletico Mineiro.
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Ronaldinho is Fred’s idol
When he moved to the Internacional of Porto Allegre at the age of 16, Fred once again switched positions and played as either a winger or a playmaker. That’s why Ronaldinho – the best attacking star at that time was his idol.
And coincidentally, Fred’s agent at this time – Roberto de Assis Moreia is Ronaldinho’s brother.
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Ronaldinho’s brother (left) is Fred’s agent right now
Even more surprising, Fred’s first goal in the Brazilian national championship was scored against Atletico Mineiro club, where Ronaldinho played in July 2012.
- Supported by Dunga
Dunga is the one who helped and taught Fred a lot to make him what he is today.
Carlos Dunga is the one who created the conditions for Fred to play in the national team
Due to playing in the defensive midfielder position, when being called up to the national team, Dunga shared with Fred a lot of valuable experience so that he could improve his ability.
Not only that, Dunga also created conditions for him to play when he entered his name in the 2015 Copa America squad. Here, Fred had 2 main kicks alongside Neymar, Firmino and Fernandinho.
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Fred while playing at Copa America 2015
- Fernandinho’s replacement
Back in 2013, Fred was the one chosen by coach Mircea and Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergey Palkin to replace Fernandinho, who moved to Man City for £34 million.
And Fred almost once again became Fernandinho’s successor when he was asked to buy by Man City in January. However, with the current situation, Fred and Fernandinho will face each other directly in the Manchester derby.
- Sublimation thanks to Fonseca
It can be said that the current coach of Shakhtar Donetsk – Paulo Fonseca is the person who has the biggest influence on Fred’s career.
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Paulo Fonseca is the man who made Fred where he is today
He built the Turkish side’s play around Fred in a 4-2-3-1 formation and gave him the opportunity to maximize his potential.
Thanks to that, the Brazilian midfielder not only improved in defense but also made great progress in attack, especially in ball coordination.
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Fred made great progress under Fonseca
- Leap to the World Cup
Fred is one of the most controversial choices in coach Tite’s 23-man squad to go to Russia for the World Cup.
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Fred has been selected in the squad for the 2018 World Cup
Although the 24-year-old player did not play any minutes in the qualifying round, he still surpassed a series of other impressive names such as Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Talisca (Besiktas) and Giuliano (Fenerbahce).
Attending the most prestigious tournament in the world will certainly help Fred gain a lot of experience to prepare for the difficult journey at Old Trafford to come.