Solskjaer has sent a key message to Fred
Fred will get ample opportunity to show his true worth at Manchester United, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised.
The summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk has made 15 appearances so far and was last on the pitch in the Emirates FA Cup triumph over Reading.
Solskjaer feels he did not do any of the players drafted into that side any favours, considering the sweeping changes made to the XI, and he remains convinced Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera will face competition for their places.
“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. ”It’s the same with Andreas [Pereira] and Scott [McTominay] because, when they get the chance, and they will, we want to see improvement. And 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 doubting of his talent.
”There are loads of players that have come in and found the first few months difficult,” he added.
“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.”
Fred has been on the bench of late and could be involved when Burnley provide the opposition as United look to continue the push up the table. Although much has been said about the renewed challenge for a top-four place since Solskjaer took charge, the interim boss still has loftier ambitions.
”We’ve got the Champions League,” he said.
“We’ve got the FA Cup. We can’t just say the top four and that’s it, we’ve got to look at can we win something this year. As I’ve said, I go into every single game as a Manchester United manager thinking we can win this game.”
The Reds are striving to make it nine wins out of nine under Solskjaer but the Clarets have taken a point from both of their last two visits to Old Trafford and have avoided defeat in four of nine Premier League fixtures against United.Reading this in our app? If not, you might miss some exclusive features not found on ManUtd.com. Download the Official App here.