Erik ten Hag gives insight into pivotal role last night’s goalscorer plays in squad

Erik ten Hag has given insight into just how important Fred is for Manchester United.

When Fred is having a good game, everyone will know about it, as his ear-to-ear grin lights up Old Trafford whenever he puts an exceptional shift in. Last night was one of those nights.

The midfielder kickstarted the Reds’ comeback after Robert Lewandowski converted a first half penalty. Fred provided a superb finish in front of the Stretford End to get the side riled up to try and see out a victory.

He was then involved in the build-up to fellow Selecao international Antony’s winner that swung the tie 2-1 (4-3 aggregate) in United’s favour and knocked Barcelona out of Europe.

Fred has now been directly involved in six goals in his last eight appearances; three goals and three assists. His work ethic across the pitch is second to none and he again proved last night why he is such a valuable member of Erik ten Hag’s project.

Ten Hag on Fred

The manager is well aware of his impact too, as he said post-match (via BT Sport and the club website): “He had an important role already last week in Barcelona, this week the same. He had first to stop Frenkie de Jong from playing, he had to play as a mosquito around him and go behind him and he did it magnificently.

“Last week, I think he gave a brilliant assist for Rashy [Marcus Rashford] in Barcelona, and today he scored the goal. A brilliant performance.”

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