Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides assurances to struggling Fred

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As per a report from the Metro, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ensured Red Devils’ midfielder Fred that he remains a part of his plans moving forward. 

United stint

25-year-old Brazilian international Fred made the move to Old Trafford from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer, in a deal worth over £50 million. 

However, despite the hefty price-tag splashed out on the Internacional youth product, and the fact that United beat out strong competition from Manchester rivals City to secure his services, Fred has, to this point, majorly struggled for form. 

The technically-gifted midfielder has managed starts in just 7 of his side’s 25 Premier League outings thus far. 

In addition, significantly, just one of these starts has come since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment in December.

As such, despite Fred having been plying his trade at Old Trafford for just 6 months, fans and pundits alike have already begun to question whether the Selecao star has what it takes to make it in the Premier League. 

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Fred of Manchester United is challenged by Lewis Cook of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Solskjaer’s backing

One individual to have ensured Fred of his place in the plans of United moving forward, though, is current Red Devils’ boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

As per the aforementioned report from the Metro, the Norwegian tactician recently held a one-on-one meeting with the 25-year-old. 

And during this conversation, Fred was informed that the club remain fully confident in his abilities, with a summer exit having seemingly been ruled out.

‘A very, very good player’

Solskjaer also provided his public backing to Fred last month, after the South American struggled during an hour-long appearance versus Reading: 

‘I think the question is wrong because I don’t think it’s my challenge to incorporate players. It’s about the players being ready when they get a chance and Fred, he’s been working hard in training. He’s a good lad.’ 

‘We know there’s a very, very good player there with Fred. So hopefully he’ll adjust to the English game because there’s no doubtinghis talent. 

It’s always difficult to come here. One, it’s Man United, you’re expected to perform straight away. Two, it’s an English league that he’s not used to. But he’s a Brazilian international.’ 

‘There are loads of players that have come in and found the first few months difficult.’

‘Two of the best players I played with who struggled the most were Diego Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron. You know those two fantastic players, but when they settled, they performed. So I don’t think he needs to worry too much. He’ll get chances.’

Quotes via the Mirror

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