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Manchester United's Fred has been influenced by Brazil's greats

ESPN FC's Man United expert Mark Ogden discusses the likelihood that Toby Alderweireld, Fred and Alex Sandro move to Old Trafford this summer.
Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
The ESPN FC panel rate the success of Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United and discuss his relationship with Paul Pogba.

With Manchester United havign signed Fred, here are five things to know about the 25-year-old Brazilian international midfielder:

1. He scored his first goal against his hero Ronaldinho

Fred is a holding midfielder nowadays, but started out as a left-back at Atletico Mineiro in his home town of Belo Horizonte. Upon moving to Internacional of Porto Allegre at the age of 16 in 2009, he was used as a winger and playmaker at the academy, and unsurprisingly Ronaldinho was his ultimate idol.

At the time...


Manchester United complete Fred signing from Shakhtar Donetsk

Steve Nicol explains why Fred is a great addition to Manchester United's midfield and why the club were smart to seal the move before the World Cup.

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Brazil international midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fred, 25, has agreed a five-year contract at Old Trafford club and becomes their second first-team signing of the summer.

"Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game," United manager Jose Mourinho told the club's website.

"I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players...

Manchester United's Patrice Evra mocked 'baby team' Arsenal when Robin van Persie left

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira would fit in at the Emirates.
David Seaman believes that although a top four finish is achievable for Arsenal under Unai Emery, their defence needs to be addressed.
Raphael Honigstein explains why Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be an underwhelming addition for Arsenal.

Patrice Evra has said he mocked Arsenal as a "baby team" when Robin van Persie joined Manchester United -- and that the striker "understood straight away" what he meant.

Van Persie left Arsenal in 2012 after turning down a contract extension, saying the club's ambition didn't match his own. He signed for United instead and won the Premier League title in his first season there -- which proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last as a manager.

When Evra highlighted the work ethic United had under Ferguson,...

 By Musa Okwonga

Manchester United need Willian: He is the perfect Jose Mourinho player

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop feels Willian's future is dependent upon who is in charge of Chelsea next season.
Willian reiterates his frustrations at Chelsea after being left on the bench on numerous occasions.
Steve Nicol explains why Fred is a great addition to Manchester United's midfield and why the club were smart to seal the move before the World Cup.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho used his footballing expertise to predict the outcome of the World Cup group stages.

Recent reports have suggested that Manchester United are looking to add not one Brazilian midfielder to their ranks, but two. Much has been written about Fred, acquired from Shakhtar Donetsk, but Chelsea's Willian could prove an even more versatile signing. It is unclear why Chelsea would contemplate letting him go, but if United have a chance to buy him they should take it.

Willian is the perfect Jose Mourinho player: in the sense that he is tactically intelligent, works extremely hard in defence...

Marouane Fellaini of all people proves to be top finisher at Belgium training

Marouane Fellaini training with Belgium ahead of the World Cup.
Marouane Fellaini usually scores with his head but at Belgium training he proved he's capable of more than just headers.

Belgium's stars earned a peaceful day off after their 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama Monday night. The players arrived back to their hotel in Moscow early Tuesday morning and had the luxury of enjoying a long nap.

Unfortunately for the substitutes, they weren't quite as lucky. It was a closed-door training session for the rest of the side but there was some fun had at the end of training. Manager Roberto Martinez had the players complete a "finishing" exercise before the eyes of the Belgian...