Brazilian international midfielder Fred completed his move to the team he says are the “biggest club in the world” Manchester United for a reported £50m ($67m) on Thursday.
The 25-year-old — who missed Brazil’s opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland at the World Cup because of an ankle injury — gives United manager Jose Mourinho a powerful-looking midfield, with the Brazilian set to slot in alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.
“This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team,” Fred told the United website.
“To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.
“I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new team-mates.
“This is a very exciting time for me with my focus now fully on the World Cup with Brazil.”
Mourinho, who has also signed Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto, said Fred would add a missing component to the midfield.
“Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities,” said Mourinho.
“His creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game.”
Mourinho is under pressure for his side — who also finished without any silverware last season — to put up a proper title challenge to neighbors Manchester City.