Fred | Match Discussion thread 2018/19

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Premier League: Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City - 14th September 2019

Decent cameo. He should start alongside McTominay and Pogba.
 

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Europa League: AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United - 3rd October 2019

He was poor.

He is inconsistent.
 

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Still think he should get a proper run in midfield with McTominay give him until Xmas but he doesn't look anything like a £50m player.

Starting to think we've done another Bebe and been conned by an agent.

There's nothing really to be lost by playing him as there is no real alternative.
 

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Premier League: Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United - 6th October 2019

He was awful. He’s very lackadaisical at times.
 

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Man Utd Vs Liverpool

Thought he was dreadful first half hardly won a tackle and his passing was awful but he was much better second half felt he finished the game pretty strong which was refreshing as normally after about 70 minutes he looks dead on his feet.

Think he might be one of those better in big games type players his use of the ball just isn't good enough for games where Utd are expecting a lot of possession when it's a bit backs to the walls it probably suits him a bit better.
 

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He sounded poor on the radio, just not going to work for him, so thats at least 3 midfielders needed
 

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He sounded poor on the radio, just not going to work for him, so thats at least 3 midfielders needed
It was hard work in there second half it was basically 3 vs 2 in Liverpool's favour as Periera was sort of playing in behind the strikers in a 3-4-1-2 system and Firmino started dropping deep and playing some lovely passes around the corner for on running midfielders.

When the tackles were there to be made he made them and he hit hard which unsettled them but I do agree for 50m you want to be seeing more quality than that.

Simply put with the ball he's not good enough reminded me a bit of when we used to play Alan Smith in there he'd give it everything but fundamentally he just wasn't a central midfield player.
 

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I think Fred is best when the game is a scrap like it was yesterday, same with PSG away. He is tenacious so will get stuck in but when we need to dictate games and play on the front foot he isn’t great.
 

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Yeah he's a funny one I don't see how this fantastic network of scouts they keep raving about who selected Wan Bissaka from a list of 800 players managed to filter our midfield options down to Fred the previous summer.

Dunno if it's the change of league or maybe being around different players but there's no way he could have been playing like this at Shaktar and getting anyone interested in him.

If the chance came to recover the majority of what we've paid then take it but reality is we're pretty stuck with him so picking and choosing his games based on the opponent is probably the way forward but in 70% of the games we play I don't really see what he can offer.
 

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