Fred has lifted the lid on how Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva helped secure his move to Manchester United by speaking to Jose Mourinho.

The midfielder, who sealed his switch to Old Trafford from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52million this summer, has started both of United’s opening Premier League games.

The 25-year-old was also linked with a move to Manchester City, but opted for the Red half of the City instead.

And it appears his final decision largely was down to agent and former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva.


"Gilberto was a top midfielder who played for Arsenal," Fred told ManUtd.com . "But he has a lot of respect for Manchester United, who are obviously a big club here in England.

"He praised the club a lot and, after he was granted the opportunity to speak to Jose Mourinho and other senior figures at United, we made the decision together for me to come here. We decided it would be a good move for me.

"Gilberto is a top guy and his advice means a lot to me. He played in the same position as I do and he won the Premier League, so I look to him for inspiration, I listen to what he has to say and I take on board what he tells me."

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