Fred on Arsenal legend's influence.

  • Brazilian ignored moves to Man City and PSG.

  • Gilberto Silva praised Man Utd a lot, says Fred.


Fred has revealed the role Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva played in his decision to join Manchester United this summer.

Gilberto, who was part of Arsenal's Invincibles squad in 2003/04, represents the Brazil international, whose services drew interest from clubs across Europe this summer, including Man City and PSG.

However, speaking ahead of United’s clash with Tottenham on Monday night, Fred told manutd.com: “Gilberto was a top midfielder who played for Arsenal. But he has a lot of respect for Manchester United, who are obviously a big club here in England.


"He praised the club a lot and, after he was granted the opportunity to speak to Jose Mourinho and other senior figures at United, we made the decision together for me to come here.

“We decided it would be a good move for me. Gilberto is a top guy and his advice means a lot to me.

"He played in the same position as I do and he won the Premier League, so I look to him for inspiration, I listen to what he has to say and I take on board what he tells me."

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