United paid £53 million to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer. It was their most expensive deal.
A few months into the season, it’s fair to say the Brazilian has had a mixed start, as you would expect in his first year in English football.
He has scored once, a well taken strike in a 1-1 draw against Wolves.
In United’s most recent win over Newcastle, he was an unused substitute.
Jose Mourinho seems so far uncertain on whether the Brazilian should be part of his first choice XI and it’s unclear whether he will feature away to Chelsea in our next match.
What do the stats say?
We have had a look at how Fred compares to his United teammates, using data from Whoscored.com
– Fred averages the fourth highest number of interceptions per games (1.4) in United’s squad. He is the second highest midfielder. Number one is Andreas Pereira.
– When it comes to tackling, Fred averages the sixth highest number per game in the squad (1.2). Crucially he is the number one midfielder.
– Willingness to shoot is a positive. He is the sixth highest United player in terms of shots per game.
– In terms of creativity, Fred ‘only’ ranks eighth, averaging one key pass per game.This is still pretty high and more than Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Ander Herrera.
VerdictThe figures do not dispute Fred’s ambition to start more regularly.
On one hand Jose Mourinho may just be being cautious by not rushing him, but soon he needs to put his faith in the big money signing.
Fred has performed well defensively and contributes in attack too, and with more playing time, he is only going to get even better.