The Brazilian midfielder joined United for £52million in the summer from Shakhtar Donetsk
Fred has revealed he turned down an offer to sign for Manchester City in the summer and chose to join rivals Manchester United instead.
The 25-year-old Brazilian moved to Old Trafford for £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk and has scored one goal in nine appearances.
City have a number of Brazilians in their squad including Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus who encouraged him to join.
But the prospect of working with Mourinho at United was enticing enough to convince Fred to sign for their neighbours.
“That’s true, I received an offer from them [City] and even talked to my Brazilian team-mates who play for our neighbours,” he told FourFourTwo.
“They were trying to convince me to join them, but in the end it didn’t happen. Then it was the summer and, as I said, there were other offers, including from United. I quickly decided that was the right move for me.
“Mourinho is a top, top professional and every player likes to work with such a winner. I’m learning things from him, that’s for sure. He can be quite strict, but that’s part of his job. He’s also friendly and funny off the pitch, and jokes with us in the dressing room. Jose was crucial in my decision to join Manchester United and I’m grateful for his interest in my football.”
Fred has started six of United’s opening 11 Premier League matches this season and scored once.
He could feature in the Manchester derby on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium which kicks off at 4.30pm.