With so much understandably frustration about the players Manchester United have not signed, it’s time to re-focus on some of those who are at the club.
And it’s a big season for Fred, who signed for United for £47 million last season.
He made only 13 Premier League starts, scoring one goal and providing one assist. We can’t dress it up as a success.
What we can do is try and be positive about what’s to come. He did show flashes of quality, with his performance away at PSG at the highlight.
Here is a look at three reasons why Fred could kick on in 2019/20.
A full pre-season
One of the issues for Fred last season was that he arrived late and missed the start of pre-season.
He was on international duty at the World Cup with Brazil, but an ankle injury stopped him featuring at the tournament.
This summer he has had a full rest, missing out on Brazil’s Copa America squad to his benefit. He has been able to prepare mentally and physically for the challenge ahead.
Ander Herrera’s exit frees up a spot in central midfield and Fred has to seize the extra opportunities.
United’s slow performance in the transfer window means no midfielders have joined, and if they do, they will likely miss the start of pre-season, giving Fred an edge.
He will still face challenges from Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, and it’s up to him to show he must be first choice.
Knowing the league
South Americans have traditionally struggled to make a quick adaptation to English football.
Fred now has a better idea of what is required from the pace of the game, the atmospheres, the weather, the opponents, and tactically.
His second season could define his United career. If he fails again then his future at the club will be questioned.
Time spent watching from the bench can have helped him. Having seen how it did not work out, Fred should have extra motivation to push on and show what he can do.