How Arsenal legend helped Manchester United secure Fred transfer

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Fred joined Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva played a key role in helping Manchester United sign Fred this summer and was heavily involved in discussions with Old Trafford chiefs.

The Brazilian World Cup winner spent five years n the Premier League with the Gunners, winning the title and two FA Cups during a successful stint under Arsene Wenger.

Gilberto was involved in plenty of crunch fixtures with Arsenals main rivals Manchester United back in the day, but that didnt stop him helping his former nemeses secure their biggest transfer of the summer.

Gilberto Silva was involved in many tussles with Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

The former Invincibles member acts as a mentor for Fred and advised the 25-year-old to seal a £52million move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester.

Gilberto was a top midfielder who played for Arsenal, Fred told

But he has a lot of respect for Manchester United, who are obviously a big club here in England.

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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.

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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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