Fred is clicking into gear as one of Manchester United’s key players. His efforts were rewarded with the club’s player of the month award in January.

The Brazilian has played every single minute for United in the Premier League since October.

United have been dependent on him during this period due to injuries and t is frightening to consider what the midfield could have looked like without him.

He’s come a long way from a year ago when he was just a bit part player during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s run as temporary manager.

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After failing to impress under Jose Mourinho early too, there were questions over United’s £47 million investment in the midfielder.

To be fair to Solskjaer, he always had full faith Fred would eventually come good.

One year ago

Speaking to the club’s official website last February, Solskjaer urged patience with the former Shakhtar Donetsk man.

He compared the initial adjustment period to Diego Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron’s struggles, two South Americans who Solskjaer played alongside at United.

 

Solskjaer said: “There are loads of players that have come in and found the first few months difficult.

“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.

“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.”

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While both Veron and Forlan left Old Trafford too soon to really maximise their potential at the club, Fred is on course to play a big part in the club’s future.

He’s already contributing majorly right now and his form has made Paul Pogba’s eventual departure less scary.

The Brazilian still has some work to do. His game lacks finesse in the final third and he is yet to score a goal this season.

If he can start getting on the scoresheet then United have a top all round player. Solskjaer’s continued belief in him might help him get there.

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