Fred drives forward with the ball against Manchester City's David Silva

Fred's good form is all down to him

Fred deserves all the credit for his recent upsurge in form, according to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Brazilian was outstanding in the wins over Tottenham and Manchester City, showing he has what it takes to shine in the biggest matches in the division.

Following a tough spell of adaptation, our 2018 signing from Shakhtar Donetsk has repaid the faith shown in him by Solskjaer and the coaching staff.

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“Fred has had the confidence of the coaching staff and the players all the time,” the manager explained, when addressing the media ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford.

“This form is down to him, because he’s been working really hard and, when he got the chance now that Paul [Pogba] is injured, I think he’s really grabbed it with both feet.

“We’re all happy to see him perform at this level and I’m sure he can kick on and improve.

Fred and Jesse Lingard were caught up in an unsavoury moment during the derby, as there was an alleged racist gesture made by a home fan, in addition to several missiles being hurled at the United players.

“We’ve spoken with the boys and I think they’re the same as me,” said Solskjaer. “This isn’t how it should be in football, but what we can do in football is go out onto the pitch next time and prove what we’re doing is football, and we’re all equal in that respect.

“So, it’s been a tough couple of days for Jesse and Fred but we just have to help the other people to understand that their behaviour is important.”

Paul Pogba at the Etihad Stadium.
Paul Pogba watched the Manchester derby from the stands last weekend.

Fred has stepped up to the plate in the absence of Pogba, but the Frenchman is inching closer to a return following his lay-off with an ankle problem.

“Let’s get Paul fit first and back in form,” replied Ole, when asked if the World Cup winner will automatically regain his place. “Then Paul will play loads of games. For me, he’s one of the best players in the world and we’re looking forward to having him back.”

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