What Pogba And Bailly Did To Fred Before His Premier League Debut

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Mindset is key for players to give their best on the field. Despite the commercial side of the game framing a picture of new arrivals that indicates they are well settled, that may not always be the case.

At a club like Manchester United, in particular, where diversity of nations exist, not all players can hope to find just the perfect company right away, impressive wage package or not.

This may be particularly hard for their marquee signing Fred, who is proving to be the Brazilian that Mourinho badly desired. His debut against Leicester City was thoroughly impressive, and his accurate passes and a firm midfield presence was crucial United’s 2-1 victory.

As for the question of being accepted into the side, what happened prior to the game ought to clear even that worry.

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A video showing the moments before the lads stepped out at Old Trafford to warm-up has captured a nice instant. It showcases Eric Bailly coming over and giving Fred a big hub, followed by Paul Pogba, who puts his arm around the 25-year-old and walks him out onto the pitch.

The same clip also shows the likes of Juan Mata patting the new boy, and it certainly appears that he will be making good mates in no time.

Both mentor figures and talented players of his age exist at United, and if these small snippets are any indication, then he is bound to have one phenomenal and thoroughly enjoyable spell at Old Trafford.


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As for his performance, Jose Mourinho had choice words: “People like Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, even Ander Herrera, are physical and strong midfielders.

“We think that players like Fred and Andreas Pereira are more technical – passing and playing in short spaces and maybe connecting with the attacking players.”

Now he simply needs to go week in and week out and prove his worth to the earnest supporters.