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Solskjaer: Fred needs time to settle and will take opportunity

Fred has not had the best of starts to his Manchester United career.

The Brazil international has been sidelined since the FA Cup 3rd round win over Reading on January 5, raising questions about his future at Old Trafford despite only joining from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer.

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However, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to write the midfielder off claiming he will get his chance at United.

“He [Fred] has to play well when he gets a chance, keep training, keep working,” Solskjaer said on Tuesday, as per ESPN.

“We’ve had a midfield three of Herrera, Pogba and Matic and they’ve done really well. It’s not like we’ve been really bogged down with too many games. That’s why we’ve kept the three together.

 “McTominay was the obvious choice against Liverpool because he’s an academy kid. We had five academy kids on the pitch at one point. He knows what it means. Fred will get his chances – maybe tomorrow [against Palace].”

So, with all the players out injured, this could be Fred’s chance to make a good impression.

He has clearly struggled to adapt to English football but that’s solvable. If Solskjaer believes there’s a player in there, perhaps it’s worth giving him next season too rather than prematurely biting the bullet.

Solskjaer added: “You look more at the time it takes sometimes to settle.

“You see Seba Veron – he’s one of the best I played with, but it took him time to settle in England. I’m sure that Fred, when he gets a chance, he will grab the opportunity.”

 

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