In the summer, Fred’s big-money move to Manchester United was met with massive excitement and anticipation. So far, it’s fair to say the midfielder has failed to live up to the hype.
Early promise in a home game against Leicester City was immediately eradicated with a awful few moths directly after. Shakhtar Donetsk had robbed United, they were laughing all the way to the bank with an extra £53million in their back pocket.
Chances came in spurts under Jose Mourinho, the 26-year-old continued to struggle. Then, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named manager. That gave everyone a the club a huge lift, including Fred.
Against Paris Saint-Germain in the away leg, Fred brought energy, on-ball ability and a real passion to the table. He played with a fire in his belly. United fans were given a glimmer of hope.
He was then entrusted to start against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a crucial Premier League match. After a promising start and an early assist, Fred made a fatal error which eventually helped our opponents on their way to three points.
He would bounce back from that in the best possible way. I’d argue Fred was the second best player on the pitch on Wednesday night, behind a certain Scott McTominay who was simply outstanding.
Look at those combined numbers for games against two of European football’s absolute best. That’s a excellent pass completion percentage, but it’s the ball-recovery that really sticks out.
Against Barcelona, Fred had a 10-minute spell where he solely dominated the game. United’s #17 was winning back possession, drawing fouls, playing the right pass, driving forward and showing a real awareness. It’s the best I’ve seen him play and the fact that it came in our biggest moment, when United’s backs were against the wall, was only encouraging…
At the very least, Fred has given himself at least a chance to salvage something at the Theatre of Dreams. Granted, this is only his first season in England so he’ll definitely get at least another twelve months, but it wasn’t that long ago when all hope for him looked lost.
He has earned the manager’s trust while the fans have been given a glimmer of hope in regards to his talents. I think the least that Fred deserves is a good run in the side before this current campaign ends. If he plays well then this could be the making of him.