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The sad story behind Man United's decision to sign Fred: report

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Jose Mourinho only approved the signing of Fred in the summer of 2018 because Manchester United would otherwise end the transfer window without a midfielder, according to a report.

According to the very reliable David Ornstein in The Athletic, Mourinho only approved the signing of Fred because the midfielder was the last resort.

There are claims that José Mourinho only acceded to the signing of Fred for £52m in 2018 because he felt the alternative was no midfielder at all #mulive [the athletic] That summer saw United signing Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant in one of the most laughable transfer windows in recent times – especially so with a year of hindsight.

Following 32 appearances in a Man United shirt, many supporters have grown exasperated at Fred’s performances – especially the one against Newcastle United.

With Fred, well… it’s different.

The Brazilian completed a move to Old Trafford from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of £52m in July.

With Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba missing, the midfielder needed to perform in Paris back in March, and he did with magnificent skill.
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