Is Herrera now Fred's biggest obstacle at Manchester United?
Manchester United have rediscovered their fighting spirit in impressive fashion.
That comeback against Newcastle United has begun an impressive habit for Jose Mourinho’s side, and the 2-1 victory against Juventus is just the latest example of a different approach from the club.
Key to United’s wins against both the Italian giants and Bournemouth was the form of Ander Herrera. But what could that mean for summer signing Fred?
United signed the Brazilian for £47million (BBC) and he was expected to play a big role at Old Trafford. After all, United signed a player who had been heavily been tipped to join Manchester City. When that move failed to materialise, Mourinho swooped.
But Fred has a long way to go before he is one of the first names on the team sheet.
On occasions the midfielder has shone, but at times he has been overrun. The match against Bournemouth is a case in point.
Fred was substituted shortly after half time with United struggling. By the final whistle, his replacement Herrera had pulled his side back from the brink of another setback.
Many United fans have been calling for Herrera’s inclusion and he now looks set for a prolonged spell in the team. Fred was not involved against Juventus at all in midweek.
With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic seemingly undroppable despite their variable form, Fred could be battling Herrera for a starting spot. For now, there is only one winner.