Manchester United have endured a perilous season and it’s direct impact was felt by Jose Mourinho who was axed earlier this week
Brazil midfielder Fred, who was bought by Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee in the region of 52 million pounds, found himself on the bench more often than not under ex-boss Jose Mourinho. The 25-year-old has made just 12 appearances for the Red Devils this season, and most of them have been from the bench. The sacking of Jose Mourinho, however, has given a ray of hope to Fred and his agent and former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva insists that Fred is ready to stay and fight for his place in the squad.
“The fact that he is not playing makes him anxious, but what I say to him is that he must keep working hard on a daily basis, he should be patient because the club is going through a delicate moment,” the former Arsenal midfielder told The Telegraph.
“Many things have happened to him in six months. A new lifestyle, a different league and a historic club with the grandeur of United that are going under a lot of pressure. Perhaps this pressure impacts on him as well. In spite all of that, he sees everything as a learning process.
“But there is no chance of him leaving United. He has a five-year contract. It is not because the first six months were not good enough that he is willing to leave – or even after one year. Obviously, when you don’t play too much it is worrying because you want to show your quality.
“Although from the outside view it seems there is tension regarding him not playing that much, his work on a daily basis has been good.”
Fred was bought by Manchester United after a string of impressive performances for his previous club Shakhtar Donetsk. Adapting to the atmosphere and the pace of the Premier league was always going to be difficult and take some time. Fred has the potential to become a really key component in United’s midfield and their new boss Solskjaer would surely have that in his mind.