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01st Aug 2018

Man United fans all say the same thing about Fred’s individual highlights against Real Madrid

Fred made his first start as a United player on Tuesday night

Darragh Murphy

Fred looks well on his way to justifying his ÂŁ52 million fee.

Jose Mourinho handed Fred his first start as Manchester United claimed a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday night and supporters were thrilled by their new signing’s performance.

Fred looked composed on the ball against the reigning European champions and began several attacks from midfield with impressive vision and execution from his deep role.

The Brazilian’s individual highlights from the game in Miami suggest that he is going to be massively popular at Old Trafford next season.

Mourinho is famously fond of powerful, physical players but he described Fred as a different kind of talent when he moved from Shakhtar Donetsk in June.

“Fred is a technical player,” Mourinho said after the 25-year-old signed. “Having people in the squad like (Nemanja) Matic, (Marouane) Fellaini, Pogba, even Ander (Herrera) – physical people, strong – we think a player like Fred, Andreas Pereira – more technical, more quality of passing, playing in short spaces – will maybe connect with the attacking players.

“We thought that he could be an important player for us – but let’s wait.”

After Michael Carrick’s retirement at the end of last season, supporters are delighted to see such a calm presence in the heart of their midfield.