Fred

They just call him Fred

Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, known as Fred, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester United and the Brazil national team.

Fred started his career at Brazilian club Internacional, where he won the Campeonato Gaúcho twice. In June 2013, he signed for Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won 10 trophies, including three Ukrainian Premier League titles. In 2018, Fred signed for Manchester United.

Fred represented Brazil at under-20 level, before making his senior international debut in November 2014. He was part of Brazil's squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, starting in their first two Group C matches as they reached the quarter-finals. He was named in Brazil's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On 5 June 2018, Premier League club Manchester United reached an agreement to sign Fred, agreeing a five-year contract with the option to extend for a further year. On 11 August, he made his club debut in a 2–1 victory over Leicester City in their first league game of the season. Fred scored his first goal for United against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 22 September 2018, in a 1–1 league draw at home.