Fred has admitted he has finally ‘settled’ in at Manchester United, describing his performances during his first season at the club as ‘awful’.
The Brazil international arrived in a big-money move from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018 but endured a difficult debut season in English football, struggling to replicate his previous form and becoming a much-maligned figure amongst the Manchester United support.
This season has seen a marked improvement from the 27-year-old who has now established himself as a key figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield, and Fred says the difficulties he faced in settling in Manchester and the birth of his son contributed to his poor form.
“I believe the first season was very difficult for me,” Fred told AP news agency.
“There was the process of settling down here, but also other personal things that were happening in my life, such as the birth of my son.
“So I believe it was a mix of reasons that made me have an awful first season.”
Fred believes he has now adapted to the demands of the Premier League as well as to life in England, and is hopeful he can continue his recent ‘momentum’ ahead of a potential return to action following the coronavirus crisis.
“I’m definitely settled in every aspect now,” he added. “I’ve been enjoying some good performances and the chance of playing a great sequence of games. That was also helpful. I’m delighted with this season.
“I’m now playing well and hopefully I can keep the momentum if the league returns. I just want to give my best for this club, trying to be a key part of the team.”
United beat off competition from rivals Manchester City to secure the services of the Brazilian almost two years ago, with the midfielder speaking of his pride at being wanted by both Pep Guardiola and former Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho.
“It was a contest between two great managers, and I could only be delighted with that,” he admitted. “It was very important for me as it would have been for any player.”