Michael Carrick insists there is more to come from Fred following the turnaround of his Manchester United career.

The midfielder joined the Red Devils in a £52million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk in June 2018, but struggled throughout his debut season at Old Trafford, making only 13 Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fred has improved for Man United and is now considered one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key players

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Fred has improved for Man United and is now considered one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key players

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However, in the absence of crocked midfielder Paul Pogba, Fred has stepped up to become a crucial part of Solskjaer’s side this term.

And his improvement has been noticed by United coach Carrick – who believes Fred must be praised for the way he has developed into a key player.

The United coach told the club’s website: “I think he’s done great. It’s not always easy, I think history tells you that.

“When you look through the pages of this club, when new signings have come in, sometimes it takes a little time to adapt, you know that, and it doesn’t mean they’re not good players or they don’t have real good quality in their play.

“I think it’s just what playing for this club brings and playing in the league. The Premier League is so different to other leagues so, sometimes, it takes time to get used to it, but credit to Fred.”

Fred has already started more league games this term (18) than he did for the entirety of last season.

It is some turnaround, especially given how he failed to make the first four matchday squads of the 2019/20 campaign.

Carrick added: “He’s stuck at it, he’s learnt and he’s been willing to put the work in and try to improve.

Michael Carrick is part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff at Old Trafford

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Michael Carrick is part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff at Old Trafford

“He’s been fantastic for quite some time now and I’m sure there’s more to come, because he’s that kind of boy.

“He wants to keep improving, he wants to keep learning and getting better and there’s plenty more to improve, like any player, so we’ll keep working at it.”

Fred is once again expected to line up in United’s midfield for their next match, at Chelsea on Monday. A win for the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge would close the gap between them and the Blues in fourth to only three points with 12 games to play.


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