Fred certain he'll get more goals from midfield
Fred is promising to supply more goals from midfield when football restarts and feels the capture of Bruno Fernandes will help him in this regard.
The Brazilian has grown into his role in the side and was adding more potency going forward, when football was suspended in March. Indeed, he netted twice in the 5-0 win against Club Brugge in the Europa League at the end of February, which tripled his overall tally for the Reds to three.
He also managed a couple of assists in the last game before the pause, the 5-0 victory at LASK.
When we asked if he was looking to score more often, he replied:
“I hope so as it's always important to score goals. I've been working on it and, with Bruno's arrival, we've got someone who gives us more freedom, given his quality with the ball at his feet.
“So I hope to attack and score more goals and work hard on my finishing to score more goals in a season. I'm certain that, with Bruno's arrival, more goals will come.”
“My favourite role is where I've been playing,”he explained.
“As a second central midfielder, defending solidly but also getting forward and looking to score goals. I think it's important that a central midfielder has good approach play and finishing skills. The way I've been playing is the way I like to play and I feel really good in this position.”The South American opened his account for United in the home draw with Wolves last season, and that remains a special memory for him.
In fact, he singled it out as the highlight of his stay at Old Trafford, so far.
“There was the game against Brugge this season, where I scored twice,” he said.
“Up until then, I'd been playing well but I hadn't been scoring. I think scoring in that game was the crowning achievement of all the hard work I'd been putting in this season.
“However the most special moment of all for me was my first goal for United against Wolverhampton. My wife was pregnant, we hadn't had [our son] Benjamin yet, and I could dedicate the goal to him, I scored and celebrated like this [sucking his thumb].
“So I think that's the most special moment in my United career. There was so much emotion with the fans cheering the goal, I was celebrating together with my team-mates. So, out of all the moments I've had at United, that was the best.
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