Ole confirms Fred will remain at United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he has no plans to allow Fred to leave Manchester United ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline across Europe.
Fred is yet to feature for the Reds in this campaign and has consequently been linked with other clubs by the media, but Ole made it clear in Friday’s press conference that the Brazilian has an important part to play in his squad.
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“He [Fred] is working hard and at the moment he’s just behind Paul [Pogba] and Scott [McTominay] - who has done really well - and Nemanja [Matic], who hasn't been involved,”the boss told reporters at the Aon Training Complex.
“August is the most difficult period to manage a big squad because there’s only one game a week and everybody’s fit because we’ve had pre-season, and everyone’s ready to play.
“In September, October, November - when injuries come - that’s when you have most of the games. So, he [Fred] will play plenty of football.”
Ole did admit that the Chilean's departure - along with that of Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer - has left him a little light in the attacking areas.
“I said on the way back from tour that we were still looking for one replacement for Romelu if he went,”said the boss.
“We’re still one down, but we just didn’t get the right one and we didn’t get the answer we wanted.”
Despite that, the boss was keen to point out he is happy with his squad and will not be looking to sign a free-agent striker during the season.
“Jesse has never been the most prolific player in front of goal,”Ole admitted.
“If you look throughout his career, he has other attributes and Jesse’s contribution throughout this season has been fantastic. For me, from his first day in training he’s shown that he is determined to stay in the team, because his application in training and in games [has been great].
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“Of course, sometimes you want a bit more in front of goal, but he does so much other stuff. I left him out against AC Milan [on tour] and he scored when he came on and then he scored two the day after when we played Blackburn here [in a friendly behind closed doors].
“He can take criticism, he can take being left out because he has the right character to bounce back. I don’t expect Jesse to be anything different whether I pick him, or whether Gareth [Southgate] picks him [for England]. He knows he’s a good player and we value him.”
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