Fred’s move to Manchester United backed by Rivaldo

Rivaldo says Manchester United are getting a “wonderful player” after the club agreed a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred.

Fred came on as a substitute in Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday and is set to arrive at Old Trafford on a reported five-year deal.

United revealed the news in a brief statement on their official website, promising a further announcement “in due course”.

Fred has made just eight appearances for Brazil but is part of their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and 2002 winner Rivaldo believes the midfielder will be the right fit for United.

“He is a wonderful player,” Rivaldo said.

“Like any other player when you move to a new country, he will need a little bit of time to adapt.

“But when you are a good player and a brilliant midfielder like he is, he is going to do well and he is going to be good for Manchester United and they will be good for him.”

Rivaldo told Sky Sports News why Neymar should leave PSG and move to Real Madrid or to an English club

Fred moved to Donetsk in 2013 and was a part of three league-winning sides.

He faced United in the Champions League at Old Trafford during David Moyes’ reign, and also played against Manchester City in last season’s competition as Shakhtar reached the last 16.

He is set to become United’s first signing of the summer, with Mourinho also closing in on a deal for Porto full-back Diogo Dalot.