Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped the praise on Brazilian midfielder Fred following an incredibly hard-working display against RB Leipzig.
Big game Fred. The Manchester United midfielder always seems to step up to the plate when it matters most and last night was no different. Yes, he’s had some pretty bad moments, but when the lights are at their brightest, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he can always count on his #17.
Against RB Leipzig, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man won the midfield battle almost single-handedly at times. Fred was tough in the tackle, kept it simple with his passing and was willing to put his body on the line for the cause.
From first minute right until last, Fred worked tirelessly, doing the dirty work, allowing his teammates like Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes the freedom to roam. Every team needs a Fred. We’re lucky that ours is working so effectively right now.
It’s not just the United fans who recognise that, either. Manchester United manager Solskjaer heaped the praise on the United star who put in ‘incredible’ work, just like his midfield partners.
Check out what Solskjaer about the excellent Fred display against RB Leipzig here:
“The work off the ball was incredible from all four of them. That’s the basis of the team.” Solskjaer told ManUtd.com after the game.
“If you work and work and win the ball in good situations to create chances. Fred covered every single blade of grass on that pitch.
“I just hope he recovers for the next one. The squad is good and gives us options – 4-3-3, a diamond, 4-2-1-3 or whatever we want to call it.”
Like Solskjaer says, we’re now all praying that Fred has enough left in the tank to go again this weekend against Arsenal. It was a performance that would’ve taken it out of his legs. Thankfully, though, the Brazil international will get that extra day to recover due to our game being on Sunday.
Suddenly, midfield is looking like United’s strongest area of the field. You look at Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba, both of whom aren’t guaranteed starts. Throw an ever-improving Scott McTominay into the mix, with James Garner and Ethan Galbraith waiting in the wings, United are certainly doing something right in a key area of the field.
For now, it’s Freds moment. Let’s enjoy these excellent performances and long may they continue. What a player, what a performance.