Manchester United midfielder Fred has outlined his aim to add more goals to his game and has revealed his ‘favourite position’ at the heart of the club’s midfield.
The Brazilian international has recovered from a difficult debut campaign in English football to establish himself as a key figure for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season, the midfielder having shone with a series of impressive performances.
Despite his improved displays, however, the 27-year-old has scored just twice so far this season, netting twice late on in the club’s 5-0 Europa League thrashing of Club Brugge in February.
Fred admits his goalscoring record is something he is desperate to improve, and is confident that the arrival of Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United can help him find the net on a more regular basis.
“I hope so as it’s always important to score goals,” Fred told MUTV. “I’ve been working on it and, with Bruno’s arrival, we’ve got someone who gives us more freedom, given his quality with the ball at his feet.
“So I hope to attack and score more goals and work hard on my finishing to score more goals in a season. I’m certain that, with Bruno’s arrival, more goals will come.”
Fred has impressed in a largely box-to-box role under Solskjaer this season – performing well alongside the defensive-minded Nemanja Matic – and the midfielder admits it is a role he enjoys with a licence to influence the play at both ends of the pitch.
“My favourite role is what I’ve been playing. As a second central midfielder, defending solidly but also getting forward and looking to score goals,” he said.
“I think it’s important that a central midfielder has good approach play and finishing skills. The way I’ve been playing is the way I like to play and I feel really good in this position.”