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Manchester United complete signing of Fred

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The Brazilian midfielder joins from Shakhtar Donetsk.

SK Rapid Vienna v FC Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League: Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg Photo by Christian Hofer/Getty Images

Manchester United have completed the signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, the club have announced today. The Brazilian midfielder has signed a five-year deal, with an option to extend for a further year beyond that should everybody be happy.

Speaking to United’s website, Fred said:

This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team. To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.

Getting some brown-nosing early. Clever lad. Mourinho, for his part, had this to say:

Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game. I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players know how important he can be in our team.

Nice to see players are being bought with an eye to how they fit with others, and not just because they’ve got big names or shiny reputations. Anyway, you’re mostly here for the announcement video, aren’t you? Right then. Here you go: