Manchester United have landed one midfielder this transfer window already, with Donny van de Beek joining the Red Devils this week.

Another could potentially join, with the MEN reporting there is interest from United in Thiago Alcantara.

Of course this could be a ploy from Bayern to force Liverpool into making a move, but BILD’s Christian Falk insists United’s interest is genuine.

In the background to all of this, Fred has been linked with a move away to Galatasaray, who are keen, report Turkish newspaper ASpor.

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Important to keep Fred

The links from the Turkish outlet do not seem too reliable, or concerning from a United perspective.

The report claims Galatasaray want the Brazilian on loan, which would be a deal United would be foolish to sanction two years after paying £47 million for him.

Fred made big progress this season, and even if there was an actual bid to sign him on a permanent move, United should reject it.

Competition is important and it is for this reason Fred should stay put.

He started the Europa League semi-final ahead of Nemanja Matic, which is how highly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates him.

Van de Beek will eat into his gametime somewhat, and Thiago – if he joined – would certainly make it harder for Fred to get into the team.

 

But football is not just about the 11 players on the pitch. It is a squad game, and United used more than 30 players this past season.

The fixture schedule is intense, and unfortunately, there will be injuries which inevitably pile up.

This hit United hard this past year, with Paul Pogba missing months of action.

You just never know what lies ahead, and Fred proved himself a very capable fill-in for Pogba during his months on the sidelines.

Giving up that kind of insurance would be silly, especially on loan, even if Thiago was also an option.

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He has acclimatised to the Premier League, and in an impressive run between mid-October and the lockdown in March, he played 90 minutes in every single Premier League match.

Later down the line, if there are young players threatening to break through, and United’s midfield options are still stacked, then there may be a conversation about Fred’s future, but he has risen to the challenge this past season and he can do do again.

United must let him compete for his place. He can drive others on too.

The Brazilian has more to offer United and keeping him is important for the 2020/21 season, regardless of who and how many players come in.

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