You've Been Pronouncing Man United Target Fred's Name Wrong All This Time
Manchester United target Fred appears to be heading to Old Trafford, a deal thought to be signed and sealed very soon - but if you've been pronouncing his seemingly simple name as 'Fred', you'd be completely wrong.
Well, that's according to South American football expert Tim Vickery, who said in his column in the Radio Times that English-speaking folk have been pronouncing many South American names incorrectly.
Examples include Chelsea's Willian, Real Madrid's Marcelo, and also Shakhtar Donetsk Brazilian midfielder Fred.
The player who is set to be Jose Mourinho's first signing of the summer has a name that's actually pronounced 'FRAY-zhee'.
Hats off to those who knew that one, though it's likely no one did, unless you're Brazilian.
Fred's name has some Man United supporters already concerned.
A Brazilian that his name doesn't end with a vowel makes me nervous .
I'm adding inho to fred just to be safe
- kenna (@kennagq) June 1, 2018
I'll hold my judgement back on Fred until he's actually in the middle with Matic and Pogba. That said, Fred is a shite name for a Brazilian. Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos sounds better.
- James Stretford (@Jamesstretford) June 2, 2018
I'd say it sounds more like Freddy
- Юниор (@rjuniorjr) June 5, 2018
I'm actually very pleased about the signings of Fred and Dalot because they're typical United buys.
They're not huge names but they have quality and they can develop. Too much galactico movement happening with United in recent years
- Hi, My name is Joe (@SayNoMore33) June 4, 2018
This is, of course, could all be elaborate plan forged by Vickery to make the Man United staff and players who greet Fred at Old Trafford look like fools.
Best not sounding like a pretentious idiot saying 'FRAY-zhee' in front of your mates when the player is in discussion.
Fred featured in Brazil's friendly match against Croatia at Anfield last weekend. He appeared as a second half substitute in the game that finished 2-0 to the Brazilians.
After the game, it's thought he travelled to Manchester from Liverpool to complete his medical and wrap up his move to Man United.
Will you be saying FRAY-zhee from now on? Let us know in the comments section.