Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pleaded for patience for United summer signing Fred.
The Brazilian was an unused substitute against Arsenal and has not played since the FA Cup win over Reading.
This season he has only started seven Premier League games.
Solskjaer told the club’s official website that Fred deserves patience, comparing the his slow start to another couple of talented South Americans who briefly lit up Old Trafford.
“Two of the best players I played with who struggled the most were Diego Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron, you know those two fantastic players, but when they settled, they performed. So I don’t think he needs to worry too much. He’ll get chances.”
A manager who believes
Both Veron and Forlan overcame their initial struggles, but were sold too soon without fulfilling their potential.
United need Fred to stick around far longer, and if Solskjaer remains manager then there is every chance.
Solskjaer believes in Fred, he picked him to start his first home game in charge.
Once he proves himself, more chances will follow. Solskjaer said: “We know there’s a very, very good player there with Fred, so hopefully he’ll adjust to the English game because there’s no doubting of his talent.”
Solskjaer noted that the wholesale changes he made against Reading did not help Fred, or teammates Scott McTominay or Andreas Pereira, who all produced a disjointed midfield performance.
He said he has learned his lesson, adding: “Next time they come in, there might be one or two changes and then we’ll see what they’re capable of.”