Fred Comes Clean about Not Playing Well at Manchester United in the First Season


Manchester United midfielder Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos raised the curtain on his “wanty first season” with the Red Devils.

The Brazil International arrived in Old Trafford in a big-money move from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018 but struggled to land in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, he has established himself as a key player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for this term, and the 27-year-old has taken the time to look back on his maiden campaign. Popularly called just Fred, he played 39 times for the Red Devils in the 2019-20 season, including twice in the Europa League against Club Brugge.

“I believe the first season was very difficult for me,” the midfielder said in quotes attributed to the Evening Standard. “There was the process of settling down here, but also other personal things that were happening in my life, such as the birth of my son. So I believe it was a mix of reasons that made me have an awful first season.”

There is a world of difference between then and now: “I am definitely settled in every aspect now. I have been enjoying some good performances and the chance of playing a great sequence of games. That was also helpful. I am delighted with this season. I am now playing well and hopefully I can keep the momentum if the league returns. I just want to give my best for this club, trying to be a key part of the team.”


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