Ralf: Why Fred is underestimated
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is “not surprised” at Fred’s development into a key player for the Reds this season, applauding the Brazilian’s hard work and dedication.
Speaking to MUTV ahead of United's Premier League match at Everton on Saturday, Rangnick outlined Fred’s strengths off the ball as an effective combative midfielder.
He said: “He’s the type of player that if you want to play a proactive style of football then he has a lot of assets that you need. He’s always trying to win balls and is always on the front foot.”
Along with the tireless pressing and great energy that Fred brings to the United team, his achievements on the ball have also caught the eye this season.
The Brazilian was named our Man of the Match for the second game in succession last weekend, after scoring the equaliser in our 1-1 draw with Leicester City on his 100th Premier League appearance.
The midfielder made an impact at both ends of the pitch, breaking up the play and beginning attacks - one of which resulted in his goal.
Having accumulated five goal contributions in his first 87 Premier League matches for the Reds, Fred has six in his last 13 appearances in the competition since Rangnick took charge, further highlighting our no.17's recent attacking prowess.
“He’s one of the most underestimated players in possession of the ball," our interim manager explained.
“He can score goals, give assists and that’s why he’s also regularly playing for Brazil.
“I’m not surprised at his development.”
With eight Premier League matches remaining of the season, and United vying for Champions League qualification, the Brazilian will be eager to continue his progress and help Rangnick’s side achieve a desired finish inside the top four.