Manchester City star Fernandinho has been helping Manchester United new boy Fred to settle in England after a difficult start at Old Trafford, Metro.co.uk can reveal.
Fred joined the Red Devils for £52million last summer but hes yet to tie down a regular starting spot under Jose Mourinho and was dropped for Wednesdays 2-1 win against Juventus after a wave of criticism for his performance against Bournemouth last weekend.
The Brazilian was courted by Manchester City last January and Fred spoke to Fernandinho – who made the move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester in 2013 – about a move to the north-west.
Citys interest cooled as they prioritised a move for Jorginho and United were buoyed that they convinced the Pep Guardiola target to move to Old Trafford.
However, Uniteds turbulent start to the campaign has contributed to Freds struggles since moving to Old Trafford and Metro.co.uk understands hes been confiding in City rival Fernandinho.
City have a large Brazilian contingent with Fernandinho joined by compatriots Ederson, Gabriel Jesus and Danilo, but Fred is closest with Fernandinho and the 33-year old has put club rivalry aside to help the United new boy settle in the north-west.
Mourinho is not concerned by Freds relatively substandard start to life at the club and hes acknowledged that Uniteds disorderly start to the Premier League has made settling in difficult, while Freds partner is also expecting with their first child together.
Fred is a popular, if quiet, member of the United squad but his weak grasp of English has attached him to Portuguese-speaking Andreas Pereira and Romelu Lukaku.
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Fred is likely to start on the bench for United as the Red Devils take on Manchester City at the Etihad.
Ander Herrera impressed against Juventus in mid-week and the Spaniard is likely to keep his place ahead of the Brazilian.
Fernandinho has started in each of Citys 11 Premier League matches this term and Guaridolas side can extend their lead over United to 12 points with a win at the Etihad.