Fred becomes seventh Brazilian to sign for Man Utd - what happened to the other six?

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Manchester United have announced their first signing of the summer with Brazilian Fred arriving for £52 million from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 25-year-old will sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford, with an option of a further year after completing a medical last week.

United announced the deal with a statement on their website saying: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred)."

In April, Jose Mourinho hinted that he was looking to add a Brazilian to his squad by saying: "I think that a team without a Brazilian isn't a team,” he told ESPN. “But also, a squad with three or four Brazilian athletes, depending on their profile, cannot make a great team too. I'm kidding!

“I think their talent is fantastic and the creativity of the Brazilian player cannot be measured. If a European team, like, very European, could have a Brazilian in their squad, it would bring a 'Brazilian thing' to the game and I think that's very important.

"I worked with Brazilian players in every team I coached, and I enjoyed them a lot, everything they can give and also every problem they can create!

“But honestly, I enjoyed a lot, and who knows we can have a Brazilian in the squad next year. I don't believe it will be Willian, because Chelsea won't make it possible.”

Nope, it wasn't Willian. It's Fred.

However, Fred isn’t the first Brazilian to play for United.

In fact, there have previously been six players hailing from Brazil to represent the Red Devils.

But how did they fare?

Let’s take a look:

Kleberson | 2003-2005 | 30 appearances | 2 goals

Kleberson was seen as a replacement for Juan Sebastián Verón but he was never quite good enough for Alex Ferguson’s side. His performance in the 2002 World Cup convinced the Scot to sign him but injuries and poor performances saw him only last two seasons in England.

He moved to Beşiktaş in 2005 before he eventually finished his career in the United States.

Kleberson of Manchester United strikes the ball

Anderson | 2007-2015 | 181 appearances | 9 goals

Probably the most successful Brazilian to have played for the club. With four Premier League titles and a Champions League to his name, Anderson helped Ferguson’s side claim nine trophies during his eight years at the Theatre of Dreams.

The 30-year-old is currently a free agent, who last played for Coritiba on loan from Internacional.

MK Dons v Manchester United - Capital One Cup Second Round

Rodrigo Possebon | 2008-2010 | 8 appearances | 0 goals

Well, this didn’t go to plan.

Possebon simply wasn’t good enough for United and only mustered up eight matches before he eventually left for Santos in 2010.

Has barely lasted a season at each of nine clubs that have followed as he the 29-year-old finds himself at Hồ Chí Minh City in Vietnam.

Manchester United v Middlesbrough - Carling Cup

Rafael | 2008-2015 | 169 appearances | 5 goals

Rafael had to compete with Gary Neville for much of his Manchester United career in the right-back position but still racked up an impressive 169 appearances.

Was reliable and had that hunger and passion you need to succeed at United. Won nine trophies during his time before moving to Lyon, where he remains.

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

Fabio | 2008-2014 | 56 appearances | 3 goals

Rafael’s twin wasn’t quite so successful at the club and only played a bit-part role before he moved to Cardiff.

The 27-year-old is now found his level with Middlesbrough in the Championship.


Andreas Pereira | 2014-present | 13 appearances | 1 goals

It’s easy to forget there is already a Brazilian at the club in the form of Pereira.

The midfielder has spent the last two seasons at Granada and Valencia but the 22-year-old will be hoping to play some role in the first-team next season.

Ironically, Fred’s arrival could end his chances of first-team football.

Manchester United FC v VfL Wolfsburg - UEFA Champions League

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