Manchester United’s season did not start well. At multiple points during their campaign, their Premier League standings hit points that were numerically sordid on a multi-decade scale.
However, in the recent weeks, fortune and tactics have favored the hard-working Red Devils yet again as they enjoy game after game of near brilliance.
At this point, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have gone 10 games unbeaten in all competitions, with the most recent and arguably most convincing result coming in the form of a 2-0 win over Manchester City at Old Trafford.
While Bruno Fernandes’ arrival has been acknowledged as a catalyst for these wins, the standout performances of a few players is to be credited as well.
Marcus Rashford was having a career-best performance prior to his injury while Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood were up there in goal contributions. Scott McTominay has transformed from a fledgling academy graduate to a first-team gem. New arrivals Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay have likewise stamped their dominance in their regions.
However, a marked improvement in performance can be seen in Fred’s games. The Brazilian midfielder has gone from a seemingly flop signing to one of United’s standout midfield maestros. The injury to Paul Pogba, in particular, has ensured that Fred has become undroppable from the starting lineup.
Nothing illustrates his excellence more than this statistic.
Most possession won by midfielders at ‘big six’ PL teams:
🇧🇷 Fred (221)
🇮🇹 Jorginho (213)
🇪🇸 Rodri (181)
MUFC’s midfielder is having a stellar second season. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/X09aArL8tk
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 10, 2020
This great run of games for United has also seen Fred display the same, with his ball-recovering ability both saving and launching the attack on multiple occasions.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer experimented with the high-press at the start of the season and while the tactic is yet to seep into the whole club, in a player like Fred it is already being envisaged to great success.
This tale is certainly one that fans have been delighted by and now they’ll be hoping for years more of the same.