Fred, against Liverpool had his best game in a Man United shirt. He finally showed glimpses of why United brought him to Old Trafford in the first place.
In a recent interview via the Telegraph Fred described his adpatation to the Premier League
“My first season was difficult but that is normal when a footballer changes league,” he said. “The Ukrainian league isn’t as strong as the Premier League. It’s faster and more physical here.
“You need to start games strongly and finish them strongly. It’s the full force for 90 minutes, but it takes time to adapt to English football when you come from Ukraine, even though I was playing against some of the best teams in the Champions League, but I believe I am adapting.”
It has been noted that Micheal Carrick has been helping Fred with the struggles of English football.
“I have a good relationship with the manager and the coaches. I speak to the coach [Mike Phelan] every day. And to Michael [Carrick] and Kieran [McKenna]. Michael played in my position – he knows what he is saying. They are always encouraging me and I feel the support of fans, too. And I thank them for that.”
In the aforementioned match against Liverpool, Fred statiscally had his best game of the season. Albeit only his second start and fifth appearance this season.
Fred’s turning point
With a pass success of 91.3% and 2 shots registered on target, the Brazilian will be hoping this is the much needed turning point of his Old Trafford career.
“Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he said. “We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.
“We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.”