Bryan Robson plays down concerns about new Man United signing

The Manchester United legend is confident Fred won't need time to adjust to the Premier League

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Bryan Robson doesn’t believe Fred will require a lot of time to settle at Manchester United.

The Brazil international officially completed a £52m switch to Manchester United from Ukrainian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday.

Fred has become the second summer signing at Manchester United after Jose Mourinho signed Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot in a £17m deal from FC Porto.

The 25-year-old has becomes the seventh Brazilian to join Manchester United after Kleberson, Rafael da Silva, Fabio da Silva, Anderson, Rodrigo Possebon and Andreas Pereira.

Former Manchester United coach Robson coached Brazilian duo Juninho and Emerson during his stint in charge of Middlesbrough in the 1990s.

The retired England midfielder is confident that Fred can make a swift adjustment to the Premier League following his switch from the Ukrainian side.

“I didn’t have any difficulties with them [Juninho and Emerson],” Robson told Man United’s website.

“Brazilians are tough characters, and mentally tough. The thing in Brazil is, if you don’t prove yourself in Europe, you’re not really a top-class player – that’s why they all like to come across to Europe and prove themselves.

“So I’m sure Fred, coming from Ukraine to the Premier League, will be tough enough and ambitious enough to want to do really well for United. I don’t think there will be any problems setting in as far as he’s concerned.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last term after finishing above Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC.

The Red Devils ended up 19 points adrift of Premier League champions Manchester City to highlight the gap between the two clubs.

Manchester United lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley after Eden Hazard’s first-half winner from the penalty spot.

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