Fred hails Michael Carrick as a key factor in recent improvement

It’s been the best few months of Fred’s Manchester United career and some of the praise for that should go to first-team coach Michael Carrick.

Fred has revealed that the ex-United captain has been a major influence in his progress at the club. The Brazilian midfielder scored twice in a 5-0 win against Club Brugge last Thursday and is becoming loved by the Old Trafford support.

Fred hails Carrick influence on his United career

He had a difficult start to life at United after a £52m move from Shakthar Donetsk. Recently, he’s been a force in central midfield. His reading of the game has been excellent and without his support and energy in midfield, it’s unlikely Bruno Fernandes would have started as well as he has done.

Fred explained to United Peoples TV that Carrick has been helping him since he joined. It’s not the first time Carrick’s coaching has been praised by someone at United, publicly or privately, despite some criticism in the media earlier in the season.

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“Carrick helps me a lot day-to-day,” he said. “We always talk and he tries to help me with my positioning on the field.

“Carrick’s a guy that always helps me. He’s someone who always talks to me which is important for adapting my football to the English league.

Carrick giving one-to-one sessions with Fred

“When I arrived, I would control the ball in midfield and, well, one or two opposition players would come along and I’d be knocked off the ball. Now I can understand the game better and that I have to be quicker and stronger.

“So Carrick helps me day-to-day, we do some one-to-one training.”

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It’s taken some time to adapt for Fred. Credit should also go to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has managed to bring the best out of him. Both Fred and Luke Shaw have benefitted from sustained spells in the first team. It’s allowed them to build their confidence up and ride over any mistakes or bumps in the road.

Fred: Solskjaer is a “good coach”

Fred reserved some praise for Solskjaer, describing him as a ‘good coach’. Shaw recently did the same.

“Oh man, he’s a guy that’s been doing a great job,” Fred said.

“He’s a good coach. Of course each trainer has his game style and Ole is different [to his predecessor Jose Mourinho]. He’s trying to implement his way of playing.

We’re having ups and downs but I think that’s part of football. We have to keep going and giving our best so we can fight for titles.”

Fred’s resurgence has helped United to make something of this season. At one point, with United straddling midtable, it seemed there was nothing. to play for. But United are now going for top four, the UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup. Fred’s been key in all three of those competitions and Carrick can take great pride in his influence on the side now.

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Life-long Manchester United fan with a strong interest in the club's academy. Host of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. First game at Old Trafford was the 7-1 rout of AS Roma in 2007.