As reported by talkSPORT, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have a former Arsenal player and fan favourite to thank for being able to bring Fred to Old Trafford this summer.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder made a £52 million move to Manchester this June, and he has started both Premier League matches for his new club so far.

The Brazilian international, who was named in the 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia but didn’t play a single minute due to not being deemed fully fit, has stated that fellow Brazilian and ex-Arsenal player Gilberto Silva played a huge role in him signing for Manchester United.

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When talking to the United’s official club website, the 25-year-old said:

Gilberto was a top midfielder who played for Arsenal. But he has a lot of respect for Manchester United, who are obviously a big club here in England.

He praised the club a lot and, after he was granted the opportunity to talk to Jose Mourinho and other senior figures at United, we made the decision together for me to come here. We decided it would be a good move for me.

“Gilberto is a top guy and his advice means a lot to me. He played in the same position as I do, and he won the Premier League, so I look to him for inspiration, I listen to what he has to say, and I take on board what he tells me.

Fred was a key player at Shakhtar and his displays during his time in Ukraine caught the eye of a number of clubs from across Europe. Manchester United fended off the likes of Manchester City to complete the deal for the player.