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Arsenal legend advised me to join Manchester United, reveals Fred


By Simon Peach

Fred has praised former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva for helping him decide to join Manchester United over the likes of Manchester City and Paris St Germain.

While there is currently understandable focus on Jose Mourinho's missed transfer targets, United's July acquisition of the Brazil international looks good business.

Rejecting the overtures of rivals City, PSG and some clubs in China, Fred joined from Shakhtar Donetsk in a £47million deal and thanked agent Gilberto, part of Arsenal's Invincibles, for helping pave the way to Old Trafford.

"Gilberto was a top midfielder who played for Arsenal," Fred explained.

"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 speak 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... I listen to what he has to say and I take on board what he tells me."

Fred is pushing to make his third United start when United host Tottenham on Monday, and will be eager to move on from the 3-2 humbling at Brighton.

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