Manchester United midfielder Fred will not be leaving Old Trafford this week, according to The Times.
The Brazil international has found it difficult to nail down a regular starting spot in the Red Devils’ starting-eleven since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk for big money last summer.
He was limited to just 17 Premier League starts last season – seven of which came under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and is yet to feature for the club this term as Scott McTominay is preferred alongside Paul Pogba in the heart of United’s midfield.
According to the Times’ report, Fiorentina were rumoured to be interested in signing the 26-year-old before the closure of the European transfer window next Monday. However, United have ruled out a move for their midfielder having already lost Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera this summer.
Solskjaer has reportedly told Fred that he will get game-time this season if he continues to work hard in training, and with a busy schedule approaching – which includes the start of United’s journey in this season’s Europa League in mid-September – perhaps he could be in with a chance of first-team football.
After averaging 1.7 tackles per match last season during his appearances for United last season, Fred’s break-up play in the midfield could be of benefit to the club this term. To put that into context, those numbers would see him rank third in the squad’s current rankings.
He also demonstrated his quality against Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League last season, dominating the midfield alongside Scott McTominay as Manchester United upset the odds by overcoming the French champions at the Parc des Princes, subsequently knocking them out of the competition after Marcus Rashford’s last-minute penalty.
With United so thin on the ground when it comes to options in central midfield, keeping Fred on the books this season makes complete sense.
As previously mentioned, with European action returning shortly, alongside competitions such as the EFL and FA Cup, there will soon be plenty of opportunities for the Brazilian to stake a claim for a starting spot at Old Trafford. Indeed, considering the statistics above, he can clearly make an impact defensively.
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