Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been very much impressed with the progress of Fred in the last few weeks.
The Brazilian Midfielder joined Manchester United in the last summer window and was expected to perform straight away.
However, the 26-year-old had a difficult start to his career here with Mourinho unwilling to offer him many opportunities. The injuries and niggles didn’t help his case either as the Brazilian had to be content with the time on the bench.
But things have changed for Fred since the arrival of OGS. The midfielder has been improving consistently in the past few weeks and is looking like a player we spent 50 Million on:
“Very good,” Solskjaer said of Fred’s progress. “He’s growing into his place, his position, it’s difficult to come to a new country, he’s had loads of difficulties, with injuries, like niggles. And when I came in he didn’t come to Dubai with us because he had a baby.
“But now he’s growing into his position and very pleased with him, the last few games. I think you can all see why we believe in him. He’s got such a great attitude, confidence, he loves to have the ball, a Brazilian with a smile, there’s not a lot better to be fair.”
Fred, alongside McTominay, was brilliant against Barcelona in the Champions League first week, but the Brazilian’s first breakthrough probably came against PSG:
“That was probably Fred’s breakthrough for us. You can see why we signed him. He’s got the mentality of a Brazilian international, he is a Brazilian international, he gets on the ball, no fear, no doubt whatsoever. And we played a system today he used to play at Shakhtar and that’s why we signed him.”
“He [Fred]’s a good lad, same with Andreas [Pereira], he’s working really hard, you’ve got Scott [McTominay]. And when they get the chance, because they will, we want to see improvement.
“We know there’s a very, very good player there with Fred so hopefully he’ll adjust to the English game because there’s no doubt there’s talent, absolutely no doubt.
“It’s always difficult to come here. One: It’s Man United, you’re expected to perform straight away. Two: It’s an English league that he’s not used to. But he’s a Brazilian international, Andreas is a Brazilian international, the talent is there and when they get the chance the next time… it’s easier to come into a team that’s doing well.
OGS also compared Fred’s situation with former Red Devil Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron:
“There’s loads of players that have come in and found the first few months difficult. One of the best players I’ve played with that struggled the most was Diego Forlan. Veron [is another] you know, those two fantastic players and it took a bit of time. But when they settled they performed.
“So I don’t think he needs to worry too much. He’ll get chances.”