Manchester United embark on their two-week long international break on the right footing, a rare event considering their past breaks. The Red Devils secured this confidence due to a brilliant 3-1 showing against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford found the net with Devy Propper aiding the home side with an own-goal. The Seagulls had only Lewis Dunk’s headed goal as consolation for the outing.
United were an offensive delight during the fixture and much of that was due to a solid midfield partnership from Fred and Scott McTominay to launch the forward line at the right time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy about the performance of one player in particular.
Speaking after the full time whistle, Solskjaer had the following to say about Fred’s showing during the game: “You get confidence from playing games, he’s not really had a regular run of games. And he set us off today with his midfield play.”
The Norwegian went on to analyze the display further, adding: “We won the ball, had to get after them, Proper and Stephens, we couldn’t let them get on the ball and Fred was maybe the catalyst.
“Maybe a couple of fouls he shouldn’t have made in the first-half, because that was one of the big opportunities – set-plays.”
Fred didn’t have an obviously easy start to life at Old Trafford and struggled to prove his massive price tag. But now these past few games have been an absolute beauty from him and the consistency is there.
In fact, his pairing with McTominay has almost certainly paved the way for Paul Pogba to be elevated to the no.10 role upon return from injury.