Fred has been named as one of three nominees for Manchester United’s player of the month award.

The Brazilian joined Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire in the running after a November which began badly and ended very strongly.

Fred has been key to United getting back on track. United have won nine of the 11 games the midfielder has started this season.

His performance against Southampton drew some criticism from Roy Keane at half-time on Sky after he gave away a free-kick which led to Southampton’s second goal.

It would be unfair to let that one moment define Fred’s performance.

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Against Southampton he won four tackles, completed 94 per cent of his passes, and even created two chances.

He was key to United’s resurgence in the second half, even if he was not central to the big moments like Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.

A consistent performer

It almost seems that no matter who Fred’s midfield partner is, United seems to play well. He is a valuable part of United’s starting XI.

This season in the Premier League so far Fred is averaging more tackles than Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

That’s a notable achievement in itself considering Wan-Bissaka made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League last season.

 

Fred is averaging 2.3 tackles per game, per Whoscored with Wan-Bissaka at 2.0.

Alex Telles is actually averaging 2.5 tackles across his two league games played so far.

By comparison Fred and Wan-Bissaka have each played in eight games.

One difference which makes his figures even more impressive is that Fred has only started six of them, while Wan-Bissaka has started all eight of the matches he has figured in.

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Deserves credit

Fred has a tough task to win United’s player of the month award ahead of Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes’ charge seems almost unstoppable, with six goals in his past four games for the club.

Even so, it is nice to see Fred’s performances recognised. He has been playing well and recently he has been one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Another big night awaits for Fred against PSG this coming week. United need him to play like he did in Paris, again, to clinch a place in the Champions League knockout rounds.

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