Manchester United struggled during the summer transfer market. Jose Mourinho’s men only made two major additions.
Fred, who started the first couple of games before being benched, came back into the team at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday. It was a pretty decent performance from the Brazilian; particularly in the first 45 minutes.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk man struck the opener with a beautifully placed finish, while also testing Rui Patricio in the dying embers of the first half with an excellent free-kick.
You can already see the improvement, as can manager Mourinho, who was full of praise for the midfielder following the 1-1 draw with Wolves.
The self-proclaimed Special One was asked whether Fred is adapting to life in England:
“Yes, step by step.” Mourinho responded, per the Manchester Evening News.
“Especially when the team has the ball, of course, he has quality.”
It’d be unfair to expect Fred to come in and hit the ground running from the off. It’s always tough moving to a new country, playing in a new league, adapting to a new system.
Champions League fixtures may be the best time to utilise him as the European style is something he’s more accustomed to. Learning to play under Mourinho is notoriously tough – it’s why youngsters tend to struggle under the self-proclaimed Special One.
You can see the ability he possesses, though. In time, Fred is going to be an excellent player for us, it just may take him a season to properly get going. It’s up to us fans to give him time, no doubt we’ll see some highs and lows along the way…