Fred’s brilliant reaction to Fergie bursting into Man Utd dressing room at PSG
When Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as Manchester United boss, 20-year-old Fred had yet to make the move to Europe.
But such is his reputation and standing within the game, meeting the man six years later was still a surreal moment for the Brazilian.
The United midfielder has spoken about Fergie’s lasting legacy at United and admitted that being close to him is still important for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
“It is so important to be near him,” he told O Clube. “He’s one of the greatest coaches in history, being close to him is important and it’s kind of surreal, right?
“I’m very happy that he can be close. He comes to watch our games most of the time, so this is very important for me.
“He is applauded not only by United fans, but by everyone in England and not only in England, worldwide. Everything he lived in football, everything he revolutionised in football is impressive.
"I think he deserves all of this and we just thank him for doing it for us."
He then explained that following United’s dramatic and memorable turnaround against Paris Saint- Germain, the Scot made his way into the Parc des Princes dressing rooms.
It was a result that few expected, with Marcus Rashford's late penalty sparking wild scenes of celebrations on the pitch, celebrations that continued once players had left the field.
Fred explained: "After the game against PSG, that we won 1-3, we had lost at home, he went to the locker room and I said: 'Omg, he's here!' I went to greet him, shaking his hand."
Now in his third season at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old is arguably enjoying his most consistent run of form on the pitch – no doubt aided by his comfort off it.
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Asked about Manchester, he added: “The city is very beautiful man. Manchester is very beautiful and if you also go out to nearby areas, there are many cities that are an hour away from here that are very beautiful too.
“Me and my wife take these trips, sometimes we just Google it, we get in the car and go!”
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