The Brazil worldwide - who is likely to play a key role for the Selecao at this summer's World Cup - was reportedly close to signing for Manchester City back in January but it appears the Red Devils have won the race for the 25-year-old's signature.
The two players would cost United a combined fee in excess of £100m as manager Jose Mourinho seeks to strengthen the spine of his team.
The massive tournament is set to commence on June 14, and the shortened transfer market, combined with the busy period, makes it easy to see exactly why the Portuguese gaffer wants to put a wrap on things well in advance.
Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva is now working as Fred's agent and he has confirmed that a move to England is appealing to his client.
Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Fred gives a press conference at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on December 7, 2015, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Shakhtar Donetsk against Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
The five-time World Cup winners warm up for this summer's finals by facing Luka Modric and co.at Anfield next Sunday.
"I think I am strong on the field, I am versatile, I can play in several midfield positions".
And they are now thought to have turned their attention to Napoli's Jorginho, who United ran the rule over earlier this season.
The Brazil global is subject of interest from both Manchester clubs, with United and City hoping to seal a deal for the 25-year-old. They offered us around €50m for Fred.
Metro is reporting that the Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move to sign the Brazilian in recent days but could now pull out of the deal. Fred has averaged at least 2.9 tackles per game in the season just gone.