In an Instagram Live chat reported by the MEN earlier this month, Fred named James Garner as one of two United youngsters he is impressed by, along with Angel Gomes.
Now in an interview with Brazilian outlet Trivela, Fred has doubled down on his praise of James Garner and explained why he rates him so highly.
Fred says he sees Garner having a ‘huge future’ for Manchester United.
He said: “All are very good, they are not in the professional ranks for nothing. But what impresses me most is Jimmy Garner. Not because he is in the same position as me, but he is a player who has an impressive vision of the game, has a huge future for United.
“In addition to the impressive game vision, he always plays with his head up, has an impressive kick, an incredible pass. He is a player that I admire a lot.”
Pivotal year ahead for Garner
Garner started four matches for Manchester United in the Europa League, but has not had a start in 2020 at all.
He has been constantly impressive for the under-23s this season, scoring and creating goals, and looks too good for this level.
United have to make a plan for him in 2020/21, and this may involve going out on loan to get regular game time.
He is good enough to feature now, but there is a queue of talent ahead of him, and potential new signings could complicate his situation.
It’s important that United make sure that next season is one of progression for the 19-year-old.
Fred complimentary of Solskjaer
Also in his interview, Fred paid tribute to United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, telling how much he likes working under the boss and his coaching staff.
He said: “Ole is a great coach. He’s still a young guy, he’s going to grow a lot in football as a coach. He was a player, he understands how the player feels, and this is important for us in the squad.
“He added a lot, had a lot of experience as a player and is now starting to have that experience as a coach. He always helps us on the pitch, talking, he’s a very good guy, and I’m happy to be following his transition at United.
“I’m sure he will grow a lot, get a lot of experience and that he will become one of the great coaches.”
It is great to hear the belief Fred has in his manager and the feeling is clearly mutual based on the midfielder’s role this season.
Fred is one of United’s contenders for player of the season, and if he wins the award, it will be fully deserved.
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