United assistant coach Michael Carrick has hailed midfielder Fred for his work ethic that has helped him to improve his game.
The Brazilian struggled to make any real impact at the club following his big-money move from Shakhtar Donetsk. But recently, he seems to have found his magic wand with superb performances to show for it.
“I think he’s done great,” Carrick stated. “It’s not always easy, I think history tells you that.
“When you look through the pages of this club when new signings have come in, sometimes it takes a little time to adapt, you know that, and it doesn’t mean they’re not good players or they don’t have real good quality in their play.
“I think it’s just what playing for this club brings and playing in the league. The Premier League is so different to other leagues, so, sometimes, it takes time to get used to it, but credit to Fred. He’s stuck at it, he’s learnt and he’s been willing to put the work in and try to improve.
“He’s been fantastic for quite some time now and I’m sure there’s more to come, because he’s that kind of boy. He wants to keep improving, he wants to keep learning, keep getting better and there’s plenty more to improve, of course, like any player, so we’ll keep working at it.”
Fred has definitely become an ever-present figure in the team in the past couple of months. The last time he sat out a game altogether was on December 18, when the Brazilian missed a League Cup fixture against Colchester United. Since then, he has completed 90 minutes in all but 2 fixtures.
The 26-year old has made 29 appearances across all competitions, registering one assist.