Manchester Evening News - - UNITED SPECIAL -

month at the ear­li­est. Po­ten­tially, he could play in two friendlies, against Real Madrid and Bay­ern Mu­nich, be­fore that sea­son opener against Le­ices­ter on Au­gust 10.

Mourinho has al­ready shown that he is pa­tient with big-money ad­di­tions from for­eign leagues. Vic­tor Lin­de­lof was care­fully in­tro­duced ‘step-by-step,’ Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan only started seven games in his first five months at the club.

But, un­like some sign­ings down through the years, there is a very ob­vi­ous role in mind for Fred on the right side of a mid­field three. That will be great news for Pogba at a time when even Mourinho has ac­knowl­edge the French­man’s ‘great ma­tu­rity’ while play­ing at the World Cup.

Pogba has shown re­mark­able tac­ti­cal dis­ci­pline for Les Bleus but Fred’s ar­rival will al­low him to fo­cus on what he does best - break­ing from mid­field and go­ing for the ‘kill’ - and give United’s for­wards the re­li­able ser­vice they need through the mid­dle.

It could be the dif­fer­ence. UNITED have an­nounced Kohler as their first ever shirt sleeve spon­sor.

De­scribed as ‘a global lifestyle brand’ based in Wis­con­sin, USA, the firm is known for its plumb­ing prod­ucts for kitchens and bathrooms.

Kohler has agreed to a multi-year agree­ment with the club and their logo will fea­ture on United’s three new Adi­das shirts next sea­son.

Dat­ing app Tin­der was ru­moured to have been lined up as shirt sleeve spon­sor last year but the club be­gan the 2017-18 sea­son with­out one. City, Arse­nal, Liver­pool, Ever­ton and Chelsea al­ready have shirt sleeve spon­sors.

United man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Arnold said: “It is a plea­sure to wel­come Kohler to the United fam­ily. Our shirt is much more than what we wear, it em­bod­ies the pas­sion of our fans and their al­le­giance to the club.”

United new boy Fred

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