The Brazilian midfielder’s performance in recent times explains how Manchester City tried to bring him back two years ago.
In the Manchester derby on December 8, 2019, Coach Guardiola stood for a long time in the tunnel of the Etihad yard. He looked for Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, otherwise known as Fred. The Brazilian was previously racist.
The Spanish strategist hugged Fred for a long time to ensure the morale of the player was okay. If there was a Manchester United player who loved Pep Guardiola the most, that person must be Fred.
On June 6/2018, Manchester Utd spent 53 million pounds to recruit Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. It was a shocking deal for many Manchester City scouts. Because Pep Guardiola and his colleagues tracked the Brazilian midfielder for a long time.
“Fred had the chance to go to Man City in January earlier,” representative Gilberto Silva told UOL. “Shakhtar Donetsk disagrees. And then in the summer, Manchester United accept to pay more than what Man City has ever offered.”
Gilberto Silva later regretted that Fred lost his chance to come to Man City. The representative knew the captain of the blue half of Manchester admired the talent of his client.
MU defeated 2-1 Man City in the English Premier League in December 2019, losing 1-3 in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final before winning 1-0 in the second leg. In particular, the 2-1 victory at Etihad Stadium is considered one of the best performances of the “Red Devils” since the beginning of the season until now.
That was the reason Pep had to wait to comfort Fred in the tunnel of the Etihad yard. He loved the player of the big rival of the city. However, their counter-attacks were effective with the ability to circulate the ball well in midfield. And Fred is the key to that.