Fred opens up about his Man United frustration

Fred opens up about his lack of first-team opportunities at Manchester United this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Fred has admitted his frustration at not being able to hold down a regular starting spot at Manchester United this season.

The midfielder has been settling into life at Old Trafford this season after joining the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer transfer window.

However, the 25-year-old has been made to wait for a regular run in the first team at Old Trafford, with Fred having only started six of Manchester United’s 14 Premier League games so far this term.

Fred has scored one goal and made one assist in all competitions for Manchester United so far and he played 64 minutes of the Champions League win over Young Boys last week.

However, the Brazilian has now admitted that he has been somewhat frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in recent weeks.

Fred is quoted as saying by Metro: “The coach has chosen not to put me in the team. That’s his choice. I still do my job and I can’t let it affect my mindset, I cannot let that shake me. I have to be patient.

“It’s been a bit of a difficult start for me at United because I have not been ­playing so much. I had a lot of games in Shakhtar, but it’s a little bit different here. It’s normal, of course, a process of adaptation to a different league.

“Although I’ve been to Europe before, now I am in a different country and I have to go through a new process of ­settling in. But today I see myself much better and I hope that my football will be 100 per cent soon.

“I think I had a great performance against Young Boys in the Champions League.

“We had the opportunity to score a few times before we scored the goal at the end, but I was very happy to have returned to the field and I hope to continue playing more.

“I remain focused on my work at ­Manchester United. And I hope to be back in the squad soon for my country to be able to be in the Copa America for Brazil.”

Fred will be hoping to be involved when Manchester United return to Premier League action on Wednesday night with a crunch home clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have now fallen 16 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race as they look to at least break back into the top four before the season is out.

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