Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fred Reveals Reason He's Happy to Be Number 17

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fred Reveals Reason He's Happy to Be Number 17

Article excerpt

UNITED midfielder Fred has explained he chose the number 17 shirt because he used to wear it growing up in Brazil.

The Brazilian was handed the shirt following his move from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer and revealed there were sentimental reasons behind the decision to take it.

Daley Blind vacated the number 17 shortly after United confirmed the arrival of Fred and the Brazilian 25-year-old opted for the newly-available number.

"I've always liked the number 17, " Fred told the club website. "I think it goes back to my childhood in Brazil, when I'd wear number seven or 17. I ended up becoming quite attached to this number, but it has no special meaning, it's just a number I like a lot, and I'm sure I'll do well with this number."

City's Fernandinho has prevented Fred from wearing his preferred number for Brazil as he donned the 17 shirt during the World Cup in Russia. …

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