As Manchester United continue to stretch their unbeaten run, under their caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, a run that has now reached eleven games, one midfielder continues to be conspicuous by his absence.
Once again, our Brazilian international, Fred, was omitted from the 18-man squad, named by Solksjaer, for the trip to Craven Cottage.
The 25-year-old has not featured in the first-team since Solksjaer’s first match in charge, back in December against Cardiff.
Fred is the fourth most expensive signing in Manchester United’s history, with the club having paid Shakhtar Donetsk £52 million for the player.
Not featuring in the 18-man squad isn’t what Fred thought awaited him when he signed on the bottom line.
However, according to the local media source, the Manchester Evening News, Solksjaer hasn’t discounted utilising Fred over the coming months with the Norwegian quoted, by our referenced source, as having remarked:
“Fred is exactly like everyone else.
“You know he’s going to be able to contribute and he will contribute, don’t worry about that.
“He’s a good lad, same with Andreas Pereira, he’s working really hard, you’ve got Scott McTominay.
“And when they get the chance, because they will, we want to see improvement.”
It just goes to show how the depth of our midfield department at Old Trafford at the moment with Herrera, Matic and Pogba currently being the preferred trio for Solksjaer at the moment.
You just know that if you are given a chance to shine then you have to grab it with both hands although, with a plethora of fixtures still to play this season, we’d imagine everyone will be given a chance.
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