Manchester United midfielder Fred has vowed to build on what many feels was his best performance for the Red Devils this week – and admits he knows the area that needs most improvement.
The Brazil midfielder has struggled for consistency since a £52m switch to United in summer 2018. Indeed, this bizarre claim about why Jose Mourinho signed him did he little favours.
It would not have helped the Shakhtar old boy either when this former Premier League striker named him as United’s “weak link”.
Since then, Fred has been in and out of the United. Never a regular, but someone who usually does a decent job when called upon.
However, the Brazilian put in arguably his best display yet as RB Leipzig were swept aside 5-0. Among the talking points after the game was how United target Dayot Upamecano was ripped to shreds in the game.
One of the positives though was very much the performance of Fred.
He shone for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they swept past the Bundesliga outfit.
Fred hopes the performance can act as a springboard for him at United. However, he’s also all too aware of the part of his game that needs most work.
“Very happy for that, for being important to the team,” he told Esporte Interativo. “It’s very important that the coach is praising. We’re coming from a great game sequence. A difficult sequence and a great sequence. Fortunately, I’ve been playing all these games.
“[versus Leipzig] I missed some passes there in the middle, I know I can improve a lot. But I’m happy to be important to the team, to give the blood on the pitch, to run as fast as possible. Helping the team, that’s important.”
Fred turns thoughts to Arsenal
Fred says he now hopes both the team and he can build on their recent improvements when they face Arsenal on Sunday.
You can read our big-match preview right here as we remember some epic previous encounters between the sides.
“The important thing is also that we didn’t concede a goal,” Fred continued.
“One more clean sheet, so this is important for us, two games and two clean sheets. We have to continue in this sequence.
“We have to think about the next game against Arsenal. A very difficult game. So we have to rest and prepare for the next game.”