Manchester United have rung off five wins on the spin under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Red Devils’ prospects looking far better after a successful winter period.
The Baby Faced Assassin will face by far his toughest test so far this weekend, when the manager takes his side to North London to take on a Tottenham Hotspur side who are challenging for the title.
Before the game, the players have been enjoying some warm weather training out in Dubai, and there was a couple of notable absentees. Paul Pogba was missing, although now he has linked up with his teammates. While midfielder Fred was nowhere to be seen. Now, we know why.
“Marcos [Rojo] has gone back home because his injury is taking a bit longer than we thought,” Solskjaer said, per ManUtd.com.
“Fred[‘s partner] is expecting a baby and Paul [Pogba] has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home.
The Brazil international remained at home to support his family as they’re expect a newborn, and it makes perfect sense to leave him behind because first of all, all he’d be doing is worrying, coupled with the fact that he’s halfway around the world.
Fred has certainly had a tough start to life at Old Trafford. He has been used sparingly, and you have to admit that right now he doesn’t look anywhere close to the £50million player we thought we were getting.
Perhaps in time that’ll change, and maybe Fred will look towards Victor Lindelof for inspiration as he had a similar start when he made the move to Manchester. Now look at him.
For the time being, it’s up to Fred to keep working hard back in Manchester. With games coming thick and fast he’ll certainly get opportunities to play. He just has to take them.