Fred has not played for Man Utd in nearly 50 days.
Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, things are probable to change at Manchester United. Fred has got assurances by the Portuguese that he would form part of his first-choice midfield. But he has been largely on the periphery since joining. He has made just eight league appearances as United have made their worst start to a season in 28 years. However it’s been nearly 50 days since the Brazilian played for United. His representatives have received feedback from the coaches at Carrington. Here’s why Fred isn’t playing for Manchester United.
Manchester United are still optimistic £52million signing Fred will come good, despite his severe lack of playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 25-year-old has not appeared for United since the FA Cup third round win over Reading 47 days ago – when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer substituted him after 62 minutes – and Fred has started just once in the Premier League in the last three months. Solskjaer has omitted the Brazilian from three of his Premier League matchday squads and has selected his midfield rival Andreas Pereira when Ander Herrera was rested for the 2-2 draw with Burnley last month. Pereira and Scott McTominay emerged in the second-half of United’s FA Cup victory at Chelsea on Monday night whereas the Brazilian has not even received any instructions to warm up.
Solskjaer has omitted Fred from three of his Premier League matchday squads. He has selected his midfield rival Andreas Pereira when Ander Herrera was rested for the 2-2 draw with Burnley last month. Pereira and Scott McTominay emerged in the second-half of United’s FA Cup victory at Chelsea on Monday night. But Fred had not even received instructions to warm up. The Brazilian has managed one goal for United since he became the club’s fourth-most expensive acquisition. But according to sources, the club have given ‘very positive’ feedback on his training performances. Additionally feel Fred requires more time to ‘properly adapt’ before the club gives more game-time. He did not travel with the United squad to Dubai for their warm weather training camp in January since his partner was due to give birth to their first child and has not played since.
Jose Mourinho dropped Fred after three games and the Brazil international has only started 11 times for United this season. United ‘did lots of homework’ on the Brazilian and his signing was not foisted upon Mourinho.
Solskjaer has likened Fred’s situation at United to his former South American teammates Diego Forlan. Solskjaer said, “He [Fred]’s a good lad, same with Andreas. He’s working really hard. You’ve got Scott [McTominay]. We know there’s a very, very good player there with Fred so hopefully he’ll adjust to the English game because there’s no doubt there’s talent, absolutely no doubt.”
There’s no doubt over the fact that Fred’s place in playing XI. It seems United have Fred in their long term plans. The Brazilian does have time in his side to impress the new boss.