Michael Carrick was full of praise for Fred after an outstanding display at the weekend.
Manchester United find themselves with an uphill battle ahead. A top four finish is probably the main aim for Ralf Rangnick when he comes in, though whether he can work his magic on this squad in just six months remains to be seen.
In the meantime, Michael Carrick deserves plaudits for the work he’s done during his couple of games in charge. It hasn’t been flashy nor pretty, but we’ve secured two positive results and we have to be happy with that.
During his press conference yesterday, Carrick was quick to heap the praise on one under-appreciated United star in the form of Fred. According to the ex-midfielder, the Brazilian has ‘improved an awful lot’ since arriving here in Manchester. Honestly, it’s hard to disagree.
When asked about Fred’s improvement, the gaffer said:
“I think that gets overlooked: first choice for Brazil in a good Brazil team shows far how Fred’s come since he came to the club, how much he’s improved,” Carrick said, per the Manchester Evening News.
“I really like him. One of the biggest things that maybe people don’t see is the attitude and desire to be a team player, he’s desperate to put himself out there to play games.
“He twisted his ankle against Villarreal in the first-half and you’ve seen a lot of players come off at half-time. To come out in the second-half when it’s stiff and swollen and sore, it’s not easy to carry on. He got through that and he bounced into the game and there was no way he was going to miss the next game. That mentality is infectious. I’m all for that.
“I think he’s improved an awful lot, Fred, he brings great energy to the team, he’s improving, he’s played a little bit higher up the pitch the last couple of times than before, just because we tweaked a couple of things for both games and he’s done ever so well. Cristiano’s goal against Villarreal epitomises that and he nearly got one the other night when he intercepted from [Edouard] Mendy.
At the end of the day, Carrick obviously knows what he’s talking about as he’s one of the best midfielders to ever grace these shores. When it comes to selecting players in that position, we have every reason to believe he’ll get it right.
As for Fred on the whole, it’s all a bit weird. Sometimes he looks like a prime N’Golo Kante, getting stuck in all over the field, winning the ball and passing it on to teammates in a more advanced position. Others, he looks like a headless chicken completely overawed by the situation. If he could find that consistency, we’d have a genuinely excellent player on our hands. Sadly, I just don’t trust him to perform when we need him most.
What I love reading is that he has a genuine fighting spirit. He’s willing to put his body on the line for the cause and that’s something that most players simply will not do these days.
Hopefully, he’s feeling good to go against Arsenal tonight as we’re going to need his energy in the middle of the park.
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