Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Jose Mourinho hopes Nemanja Matic Serbia exit World Cup early

Jose Mourinho hopes Nemanja Matic Serbia exit World Cup early

Over the past two summers, manager Jose Mourinho has opted to sign players with a very specific profile - over 6 feet tall and physically imposing - while Fred on the other is neither.

Fred has played 156 times for Shakhtar since joining them from Brazilian side Internacional in 2013, and has appeared in the UEFA Champions League regularly.

Brazil legend Rivaldo echoed Willian's sentiments, but urged Manchester United to give the 25-year-old time to settle in his new surrounds.

Manchester United have confirmed on their official website that midfielder Fred will be at Old Trafford next season.

And Spain's first-choice keeper, who goes to the World Cup next week, is keen to head to the Bernabeu.

"A further announcement will be made in due course".

Rivaldo, a World Cup victor in 2002, enjoyed a playing career that saw him represent clubs in Angola, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Uzbekistan as well as his native Brazil.

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Still only 19, the right-back only made his Porto debut in February but he's done enough in the months since to convince Mourinho he has a bright future at United.

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Handed his debut by Dunga in 2014, Fred's global career was disrupted after testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America.

United are in need of midfield reinforcements with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.

"I want my players to win, but I also want my players to go on holiday".

Though he is often compared to his Brazilian compatriot Fernandinho, Fred is a slightly different player, in the sense that he is more attack minded than his counterpart. He's played five years for Shakhtar, but still didn't become their top player.

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