Manchester United midfield star Fred reveals Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Gilberto Silva are his Premier League heroes

MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Fred revealed his two Premier League heroes are Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Gilberto.

The Brazilian was a £53million big money signing from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer but is yet to spark fireworks in the Premier League.

Fred has revealed an Arsenal duo are his childhood inspirations
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But the 25-year-old obviously watched England’s top flight from an early age after admitting he used to watch the Gunners pair during the club’s glory days.

Henry remains Arsenal’s record scorer while his Brazilian compatriot Gilberto lifted three major trophies under former boss Arsene Wenger.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I always watched a lot of English football. It has always been really strong,

“I used to watch United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, when Gilberto Silva used to play there. I have many idols like Gilberto, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes – many great players that have been here as well.”

Fred revealed that Thierry Henry used to be his childhood inspiration
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The Man United midfielder used to watch Brazilian compatriot Gilberto
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Fred also admits he is taking English classes to help adapt to life in Manchester.

He also revealed how playing video games with Paul Pogba is also helping him settle into his new life.

Fred added: “I managed to do some classes in Ukraine but people there didn’t really speak English. They spoke Russian so that’s what I learned there.

“I didn’t get to practice much English but now I’m here and I’m going to classes. I want to learn as quickly as possible because I know it will help me to integrate and adapt here.

Fred revealed that Paul Pogba has helped him settle to life in Manchester

“I already know a lot of sentences, many words – ‘How are you?’ – I know how to communicate. I’m studying, so hopefully I will be better in no time.

“My wife talks a lot with Fernandinho and Ederson’s wives. For the players, the fixtures and training schedules are very different so we end up not having time.

“I hang out more with the United squad – Andreas Pereira and the players who speak Spanish. Even those who speak English. We meet after work to play video games and have dinner. It is important for the team. Paul Pogba, Andreas, Eric Bailly… we are close friends.”


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