Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that a run in the team for Fred has helped him gain confidence, shown by the fact that he was the “catalyst” for a solid performance against Brighton.
United moved up to seventh in the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over the Seagulls on Sunday, with Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford adding to an own goal.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Solskjaer said he was delighted for Fred given his poor start to the season.
“You get confidence from playing games,” the manager said. “He has not really had a run of games and I think he set us up with his midfield play.
“He won the ball. We had to get after them because, with [Davy] Propper and [Dale] Stephens in midfield, we couldn’t let them get on the ball and I thought Fred was maybe the catalyst.
“Maybe there were a couple of fouls he shouldn’t have made in the first half to give them chances because that was one of the big opportunities they had, from set-plays.
“But, otherwise, he was excellent.”
United return to action after the international break when they travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United.