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South American football expert: Manchester United have signed "mini Fernandinho" wanted by Pep Guardiola


South American football expert Tim Vickery believes Manchester United have found a "mini Fernandinho" in signing Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 25-year-old became the club's first summer signing after agreeing a five-year deal with the Red Devils.

"They are getting an all-round midfielder, a box-to-box midfielder, little squat-figure with a terrific engine and a very nice left foot," Vickery told the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast.

"They are getting a player at a very interesting time in his career.

"He was linked with Man City earlier on after Man City played against Shakhtar in the Champions League. After the game, Guardiola was very impressed.

"You could see why Guardiola would be impressed. You could almost see a mini, left-footed version of Fernandinho in him. Even in the way his career has panned out with the way he moved to Ukraine and developed there.

"But instead of that it's across town to United who have gone further with their interest in a sector of the field United could clearly do with some improvements from last season.

"Fred offers them plenty there because of his all-round game.

"You can imagine him sitting by Matic, Matic to hold, Fred to get up and down and link, perhaps freeing Pogba to get the best of him.

"You can see him sitting very nicely into the United squad."

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