£52m star revealed reason of signing for Man United

Fred has admitted the chance to play for Jose Mourinho represented the motivating factor behind his choice to snub a move to Manchester City this summer.

The Premier League title holders were close to agreeing a deal as far back as January, but Pep Guardiola was disappointed in his attempts to sign the Brazilian, who completed a £52 million transfer to Manchester United before the World Cup.

He told FourFourTwo, ‘That’s true, I received an offer from them [City] and even talked to my Brazilian team-mates who play for our neighbours. They were trying to convince me to join them, but in the end, it didn’t happen.

‘Then it was the summer and, as I said, there were other offers, including from United. I quickly decided that was the right move for me.

‘Mourinho is a top, top professional and every player likes to work with such a winner. I’m learning things from him, that’s for sure.

‘He can be quite strict, but that’s part of his job. He’s also friendly and funny off the pitch and jokes with us in the dressing room.

‘Jose was crucial in my decision to join Manchester United, and I’m grateful for his interest in my football.’