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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds meeting with struggling Man Utd star

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assured midfield Fred that he is part of his plans at Old Trafford.

The Brazilian has only started two games under Solskjaer since he took charge towards the end of December and was substituted in both games.

Fred has struggled with form since his £52 million arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk, as per Sky Sports, and was regularly being overlooked by former United boss José Mourinho, the man responsible for signing the Brazil international.

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According to the Metro, Solskjaer felt he needed to discuss the midfielder’s situation face-to-face with the player and stressed that he is happy with Fred’s performance levels in training and that he won’t be short on opportunities to impress between now and the end of the season.

Fred wouldn’t be the first foreign player to struggle during his first season in the Premier League. Last season, it was clear Victor Lindelof was finding it tough to settle but a year on and the Swede is United’s most improved player.

I wouldn’t give up on Fred yet. You can see there’s a busy and talented player in there, but he tries to get rid of the ball quickly as if he’s nervous all the time.

Mourinho claimed his side’s problems in defence made it difficult for him to start Fred, as it would upset the balance in his starting XI.

Marouane Fellaini’s departure for China has left United light on numbers across midfield but should grant Fred more game time. Either way though, United’s approach has become more attack-minded and Fred was bound to fit Solskjaer’s system over a player like Fellaini.

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