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FRED FINALLY LIVING UP TO PRICE TAG
Eyebrows were raised when Manchester United signed Brazilian Fred for £52 million back in 2018 and a string of average performances after joining from Shakhtar Donetsk seemed to prove the doubters right.
However under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Fred is having something of a resurgence. He was an integral part of United’s wins ove PSG and RB Leipzig and quietly goes about his job in the middle of the pitch.
Fred has produced a run of more consistent displays in recent weeks to suggest he could become integral to Solskjaer’s future plans. Indeed the manager was full of praise for the 27-year-old saying:
“He’s got incredible attributes and we are seeing the better side of Fred, definitely. “We’ve waited for it, but I think he played a fantastic season last season and he did what we wanted of him.
“He’s a humble boy, he works really hard and, as he said after the Leipzig game, he missed a couple of passes but that’s in his genes as well, to always look to improve and look at his own performance.
“He’s high energy, he’s a little small but his point of gravity, his balance is fantastic, he’s so sharp to get to balls, wins the ball and he can also play a good pass, so we’re delighted with his development.”
KOULIBALY HAPPY AT NAPOLI
Kalidou Koulibaly is a name that always comes up concerning centre-back transfers and he has been linked with Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool in recent times.
City’s interest cooled after the signed Ruben Dias but United are still being linked with the 29-year-old.
However, the Napoli defender opened up about his future telling Sky Sports:
“I love Naples and Naples loves me, that’s the most important thing.
“I always make myself available game after game, I still have three years of contract, I’m calm, the teams are looking for me but I’m still here.
“I play at my level and I help this team and these people because I want to give something back to them then we’ll see what happens.”
UNITED VS ARSENAL HAS NO EDGE
Former Arsenal player Nigel Winterburn says that a fixture between Arsenal and Manchester United no longer has a edge to it because of how the game has changed.
He points to the less physical nature of the current game as a reason for the fixture losing it’s sense of drama. He told FreeSuperTips:
“Manchester United and Arsenal has lost its cutting edge as the game is not as physical as it once was, and both teams are no longer feared in the Premier League like they were when I was playing.
“When I was coming through, Manchester United were the team that everyone in the Premier League was desperate to beat. At Arsenal, you always felt that if you beat Manchester United in the league, then you would finish ahead of them and have a great chance of winning the title. Those games you had added intensity because of the history and incidents that would happen that made those games so special, and as a player you wanted to be a part of those games.
“They are still two huge clubs, but they’re not teams that are fighting for the title and have both fell down the pecking order when it comes to signing the best players. Arsenal were always going head-to-head with Manchester United for league titles, and that is where the intensity stemmed from and where they have both fell off in recent years, the game has lost its edge. It must be said that the rivalry is not what it was, but it is still a huge game which the players should be able to motivate themselves for.”
UNITED BOUNCE BACK FROM SPURS DEFEAT
Manchester United have turned around their form with three wins and a draw since being humiliated at home by Tottenham when they lost 6-1.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains how the club responded to the worst defeat in their history:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals how Manchester United responded to ‘brutal’ Tottenham defeat
Solskjaer pleased with how United have turned form around
COULD MILAN MAKE DALOT MOVE PERMANENT?
Despite not playing a minute of Serie A football yet this term Diogo Dalot is already impressing at the San Siro.
His Man of the Match performance on Thursday night hints at a bright future for the 21-year-old at the Italian club who may be thinking of signing the loanee permanently.
Dalot arrived at the club with no buying option for the Rossoneri in the loan deal but Manchester United instead agreed they could negotiate a potential transfer in the future, should all parties be willing.
However, the better Dalot performs, the more Milan will want to keep him and the more his parent club will value him.
SOLSKJAER TONS UP
This weekend’s match against Arsenal will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100th game in charge of Manchester United.
The Red Devils have been in good touch since losing 6-1 at home to Tottenham with wins over PSG and RB Leipzig in the Champions League and a draw against Chelsea in the Premier League.
Solskjaer is hoping to celebrate with a win against their North London opponents.
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