Manchester United only made one big signing over the summer, with Edward Woodward sanctioning a move for Brazil midfielder, Fred.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk man started in the opening few games, but was then dropped back to the bench. The 25-year-old has been in and out of the starting line-up since, and we’ve only seen glimpses of what he is capable of.
Now, his former manager at Shakhtar, Paulo Fonesca, has come out in defence of Fred. He has claimed that the Brazilian will be a hit at Old Trafford – before adding that perhaps Jose Mourinho is using him wrong…
“In my opinion, his position is in a midfield two as the more attacking of two central midfield players,” Fonseca said, per ESPN.
“He is physically strong and mobile, with the quality to build play, but he is also very good at breaking from midfield and going to either side of the attack.”
In the Premier League, midfield pairings often get overrun – particularly in tough, tight-knit away matches. Perhaps this tactic can be implemented at home against lesser sides, but again, a midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Fred is probably too much attack. You tend to need at least one defensive-minded midfielder, to stop the counter-attack at least.
I like Fred, I think he has potential, but he does need a real run of games. He has been used more sparingly than I’d have liked, and perhaps he is still adjusting to life in a new country, but I’d love to see him start more often as that’s the only way he’s going to improve and adjust to playing for Manchester United.