The Brazilian has impressed everyone during his time at Shakhtar Donetsk and was also initially rumored with a move to Manchester City. However, after coming to Man United, changes in the coaching chair, combined with adjustments to the squad, led to Fred’s instability in the Red Devils squad.
Although the Brazilian was found to be unworthy of the £61.2m fee Manchester United paid him, he has begun to play a role under Erik ten Hag.
Fred is not quite the best player in the world that Man United fans expect, but he has been used and is a trusted member of the United first team under different managers, played as a substitute for Christian Eriksen last season.
His best skill is winning the ball and being in the right area at the right time. One of the examples was against Barcelona in the Europa League, where he found space before scoring the equalizer for Man United.
In the 2022/2023 season, Fred scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists for Manchester United in the Premier League. However, he only played 1,235 minutes compared to 2,397 minutes last season. At the age of 30, Man United is expected to find a way to offload him and find an upgrade. However, if it is fair, they should try to stick with him for next season.
After the Premier League season ended, the Brazil international was linked with Marco Silva’s move to Fulham this summer. The left-footed midfielder was seen talking privately with manager Fulham after the final game of the Premier League season.
After five years of Fred with Manchester United, Ten Hag has a decision to make this summer. At the age of 30, Fred may be entering the twilight of his golden age, and it is easy for the club to be tempted by the possibility of selling him this summer for some cash. Unless there is an offer high enough to allow them to reinvest in a better player, that could be a mistake. As Erik ten Hag continues the hard work of rebuilding United’s squad, he could greatly benefit from having players like Fred.
Having said that, Fred is not irreplaceable, and the player himself may want to play more as his career is in the middle and will soon enter its final phase. However, it doesn’t seem like there will be any “huge” offers for Fred, and in that case, The best option for Man United is to keep him at Old Trafford for a while.
Thanh Vu | 11:46 June 15, 2023