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Fred Credits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Transformation


Manchester United have turned a corner since the turn of the new year.

Unbeaten in their last eleven, keeping nine clean sheets in the process, there can be no spinning the fact that the Red Devils have experienced a very successful end to the season.

Such a spike in form has not been completely out of the blue though, but more from a culmination of consistent team selection, and a commitment to the cause. Year one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s project was focused on putting such building blocks in place, creating a foundation for the team to progress on.

We have seen the players look much more settled in their surroundings, with the current squad finally working towards a collected and focused, end goal. Fred is the perfect example of such, with the Brazilian being the perfect metaphor for United’s ‘settling down’ this season.

Speaking on the club’s progression, the midfielder has said (via Trivela):

“We were going through a very good phase. We were in a growing phase. We were doing very well in the Premier League, very well in the Europa League. We would have a chance to be champions (of the Europa League) before the stop.”

The United squad could feel progression

The season being put on pause evidently came at the worst time for United, who had been enjoying their best run of form under the Norwegian. Whilst such results can be credited to the side’s natural development, working under a more positive regime, the signing of Bruno Fernandes can not be ignored.

Since arriving in January, the Portuguese international has lifted everybody at the club, demonstrating some much needed leadership qualities in the middle of the park. Fred has paid credit to his central partner:

“Bruno Fernandes’ arrival was important for us, giving a calm change to our midfield. But we must also give credit to Ole and to our entire group, because we were on a very, very good rise. Bruno Fernandes is a very important player, he arrived and gave an ‘up’ in our squad. He is a player with a lot of ambition.”

Fernandes has taken the team to the next level

Whilst Fernandes clearly possesses world class ability, it has to be noted that he is a United signing that has, for the first time in a long time, arrived in a settled environment. Solskjaer’s commitment to a specific shape has made transitioning him into the starting XI a rather smooth procedure, as he is surrounded by figures that understand their roles.

With Fred and either Scott McTomiany and Nemanja Matic sitting behind him, Fernandes is granted a license to drift into the final third and pop up in the pockets of space. There has been no shoe-horning in or operating the midfielder in a make-shift position – he has simply occupied a similar role to that during his time at Sporting Lisbon.

It’s clear that United are very much ‘on the rise’, with the attitudes of Fred and Fernandes highlighting just how much of a turn, this squad has taken over the past twelve months.

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