4 Facts You Do Not Know About Man United Target - FRED
Jose Mourinho hardly ever misses his mark. He has his eyes on Fred and is determined to land him at Old Trafford as the Red Devils seek to overhaul the starting XI.
Here are a few facts about Brazilian born midfield youngster, Fred.
1. He Started Out At Left-back
Fred is a holding midfielder but that is not where his adventure on the pitch began.
He 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.
2. He Loves Ronaldinho
Fred's agent was Roberto de Assis Moreira, Ronaldinho's brother.
Fred scored his first goal in the Brazilian championship in July 2012 against his beloved Atletico Mineiro, who featured Ronaldinho.
Internacional lost 3-1, though, and their coach Dorival Junior was fired.
3. Dunga Was His Mentor And Teacher
Frequent coaching changes at Internacional were eventually beneficial for Fred and Dunga taught him a lot after arriving in December 2012.
By that time, the youngster was playing as a defensive midfielder and had a suitable mentor in the man who captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 1994.
Dunga held Fred in high regard and, when he became the coach of the national team, called on his protege.
The midfielder was included in the 2015 Copa America squad and started two games alongside Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Fernandinho.
4. He Is Heading to Russia
His versatility strenght and pace might have been the reason behind Tite's controversial decision to include Fred in Brazil's World Cup squad.
He didn't play a single minute in qualifying and more creative players like Lazio's Felipe Anderson, Besiktas' Talisca and Fenerbahce's Giuliano were left at home to make space.
Gaining experience at the top level would certainly be useful ahead of a move to Old Trafford.
The level of the Ukrainian league has dropped significantly and Fred has only played a handful of meaningful fixtures.
That would not be the case in England.
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