Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that £52 million summer signing will get a chance to impress, saying that he is a ‘very, very good player.’
The Brazilian moved to Manchester United in the summer from Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Red Devils having beaten off interest from rivals Man City, with the expectation being that he could be the box-to-box midfielder that Jose Mourinho craved.
However, the midfielder has so far failed to impress on a regular basis, making just seven Premier League starts so far this season, scoring just one goal.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford last month, Manchester United have played with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic as holding midfielders, while Paul Pogba has been given the freedom he so desired to get forward, leaving Fred’s opportunities limited.
With United facing Burnley tonight, Solskjaer was asked in his pre-match press conference if it’s a challenge trying to get the Brazilain into his side:
“I think the question is wrong because I don’t think it’s my challenge to incorporate players. It’s about the players being ready when they get a chance and Fred, he’s been working hard in training, he’s a good lad,” the Norwegian replied.
“It’s the same with Andreas [Pereira] and Scott [McTominay] because when they get the chance, and they will, we want to see improvement. And 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 doubting of his talent.
“It’s always difficult to come here. One, it’s Man United, you’re expected to perform straight away. Two, it’s an English league that he’s not used to, but he’s a Brazilian international. Andreas – a Brazilian international, the talent is there and, when they get the chance, the next time I’m sure [they’ll take it].
“And it’s easier to come into a team that is doing well. I didn’t do Andreas, or Scott or Fred any favours when I put them in against Reading in a game that had nine changes. Next time they come in, there might be one or two changes and then we’ll see what they’re capable of.
“There are loads of players that have come in and found the first few months difficult.
“Two of the best players I played with who struggled the most were Diego Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron, you know those two fantastic players, but when they settled, they performed. So I don’t think he needs to worry too much. He’ll get chances.”