Manchester United’s topsy-turvy season continued throughout January, with the Red Devils continuing to frustrate and delight in equal measure.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side progressed in the FA Cup, though only managed to secure one Premier League victory, while being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Manchester City.
You do have some sympathy, mind, with Solskjaer working with practically one hand tied behind his back due to injuries decimating the first-team squad.
One constant has been Brazil midfielder Fred. After a tough start to life in Machester, the midfielder has come to life this season, putting in some quality performances against the best opponents.
That has since lead to a richly-deserved January Player of the Month award for the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, check him out posing on the Old Trafford turf after winning the honour:
For me, it was his performance against City in the second leg of the Carabao Cup that was his finest moment. He had to do it practically all on his own against a mega-talented midfield.
Fred controlled the game, made the correct pass, kept City on their heels while moving United in the right direction throughout. It does make me wonder just how effective he could be if the 26-year-old had the quality in and around him. Perhaps he’ll kick it up a notch now that Bruno Fernandes is here, though the Portuguese is going to need time to adjust and adapt himself.
For now, though, we have to be pleased with Fred and give him due credit for not giving up. Congratulations!