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Manchester United Announce Fred Signing

Fred has completed his £52million move to Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Brazilian was unveiled as a United player on Thursday afternoon and has penned a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option to extend it by a further year.

United boss Jose Mourinho immediately heaped praise on the midfielder after his transfer was confirmed, saying his ‘creative brain and passing vision’ were the primary reasons behind his signing.

‘Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players know how important he can be in our team.’

The midfielder had already completed the formalities and agreed to move to Old Trafford prior to the World Cup but was waiting on the transfer of international paperwork for it to be finalised.

Fred becomes United’s second signing of the summer after the arrival of Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot earlier this month.

Upon his unveiling, Fred said

: ‘This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team.

‘To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.’

Fred scored 15 goals in 155 appearances during his five-year stint at Ukrainian side Shakhtar, helping them win three league titles, three Ukrainian Cups and four Ukrainian Super Cups.