With a full name of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, it is little wonder he's called Fred for simplicity.
'When I signed him at Shakhtar, Taison and Bernard were playing in his position.
Asked on who the biggest stars of the competition would be, Mourinho reeled off the two most common names in these kinds of debates, one of whom he managed for a spell at Real Madrid before returning to England.
How could Manchester United line up at the start of the 2018/19 season after signing Fred?
However, Fred's career has not been without controversy.
The suspension only applied to games sanctioned by South American football federation Conmebol.
The article says that Mourinho watched Verratti in action during Italy's World Cup playoff defeat to Sweden at the Friends Arena in Stockholm past year.
Brazil coach Tite had said he wanted his players' domestic futures sorted before the tournament in Russian Federation, which starts on 14 June.
Sky Sports report he has a £20 million release clause in his contract, which the Old Trafford club would easily be able to meet.
United are also closing in on Porto's 19-year-old defender Diogo Dalot and should complete the deal this week.