Manchester United’s bold move of announcing Alexis Sanchez’s transfer saw them come in for so much stick that five months later, they have taken a dig at themselves by revealing their latest acquisition–Brazilian midfielder Fred– in video that has gone viral for its hilarious opening sequence.
Sanchez came to Old Trafford as a part of a swap deal with Henrik Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal in the winter transfer window and the Chilean’s announcement was made with the winger now-infamously trying his hand at the piano.
And with Fred the Red United’s mascot, the Red Devils decided to have a bit of fun:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 21, 2018
A uproarious opening and clearly a self-depreciating joke, before the samba beats come to the fore and the 25-year-old takes centerstage.
United had announced the transfer on June 5 itself, but due to the 2018 FIFA World Cup getting underway and a couple of other issues, they couldn’t confirm the transfer till Thursday.
The former Shaktar Donetsk man arrives on a five-year deal, with an option to extend for another season.
Currently he’s in Russia training with Neymar and Co as the five-time champions Brazil attempt to become the first team in history to lift six World Cups.
An importnat member of Tite’s setup, Fred was included in the 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but so far, he’s not gotten on the pitch.
Left on the bench for their opening draw (1-1) against Switzerland, the central midfielder didn’t come in the second-half but will be hoping for a turnout when the South Americans play Costa Rica on Friday (5.30 PM IST).
Portuguese fullback Diogo Dalot and Fred are the two signings Jose Mourinho’s men have made so far this summer.
With many players expected to depart Old Trafford in the coming months, fans are expecting a flurry of arrivals as the Red Devils seek to