Mourinho says Fred is right for Man United

Brazil's Fred, 2nd left, exercises during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Fred, center, controls the ball during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the signing of Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk will give "another dimension to our game."

United announced Thursday that the 25-year-old Fred has signed a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year, after completing a medical.

"Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities," Mourinho said. "His creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game ... I believe our players know how important he can be in our team."

United reached an agreement with Ukrainian team Shakhtar earlier this month with the player reportedly costing a fee of more than 50 million pounds ($66 million).

"This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team," Fred told United's website. "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 missed Brazil's opening match of the World Cup, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday, with an ankle injury.

United finished runner-up in the Premier League last season, 19 points behind champion Manchester City.

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