Jose Mourinho was the “crucial” reason why Fred chose to sign for Manchester United, the midfielder has said, after earlier discussions with Manchester City.
The Brazilian, who joined United for £52m in June, will get his first taste of the Manchester derby this Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Sky Sports News reported Fred was a target for Manchester City in January 2018, but the 25-year-old said he did not delay when United, and Mourinho, came calling.
“That’s true, I received an offer from them [City] and even talked to my Brazilian team-mates who play for our neighbours,” said Fred, in an interview with Four Four Two.
“They were trying to convince me to join them, but in the end it didn’t happen. Then it was the summer and, as I said, there were other offers, including from United. I quickly decided that was the right move for me.
“Mourinho is a top, top professional and every player likes to work with such a winner. I’m learning things from him, that’s for sure. He can be quite strict, but that’s part of his job.
“He’s also friendly and funny off the pitch, and jokes with us in the dressing room. Jose was crucial in my decision to join Manchester United and I’m grateful for his interest in my football.”