Schmeichel heaps praise on ‘absolutely instrumental’ Fred who is playing with confidence

Since the turn of the year, Manchester United have kicked it up a notch. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the confidence flowing again, with squad morale looking high and everyone playing for each other.

Before play was halted, United were on a real top-four charge and I’d expect that continue upon resumption. Make no mistake about it, Bruno Fernandes is a large reason as to why, but it has been a real squad effort.

To a man, everyone has contributed in some way or another, though arguably the biggest success story this term has been Fred. The Brazilian has kicked it up a notch and he’s now starting to get the credit he deserves.

Amongst those heaping praise on the former Shakhtar Donetsk man is Peter Schmeichel, who labelled the surprise breakout star as ‘absolutely instrumental’ to the Reds’ success this term.

“Fred has been, for me, absolutely instrumental in how well the club has done this season.” Schmeichel told CNN Sport.

“He was always perfect for the club but he’s now been given playing time and the more time he’s been given, the more confidence he’s gained and for me, he’s been one of the great stories this season at Manchester United.

“Of course it’s down to Fred but it’s down to Ole for giving him that confidence. I like that. I like the way he’s kind of introduced players that were already there but are now in the first team and are now playing well.”

You know what? I owe Fred an apology. I honestly thought he had no chance at turning it around at Old Trafford after a pretty dreadful first twelve months, but he has been superb this term.


His energy, aggression, technical skill and calm head has made him a vital figure to this United midfield which continues to improve. Dare I say that right now, he’s undroppable?

I guess he just needed time to settle into his new surroundings but again, we have to credit Solskjaer. It’s his positive influence that’s turning things around for multiple players, not just Fred…

Things are going to get tougher for the Brazilian when Paul Pogba returns, but as of right now, the Frenchman has to break into the team and displace Fred. He has to earn that spot…

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