Steve Nicol: Fred is better than Fellaini and Herrera

by Marwan Harraz

Pundit Steve Nicol has claimed that Manchester United’s latest signing Fred is better than current midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.

The Brazilian just recently completed his move from Shakhtar Donetsk with fans excited on what the signing could mean.

United are said to have paid around £50m for him and so there’s expectations he’d be a starting player, meaning Jose Mourinho will likely play a 4-3-3 formation next season.

The Portuguese manager typically sticks to his favoured 4-2-3-1 tactic but it appears he’s willing to bend the rules in order to get the best out of Paul Pogba.

Nicol though was focussed on the Red Devils’ other midfielders, explaining just why Mourinho had to shell out the money for Fred.

According to Old Trafford Faithful, Steve said to ESPN FC: “Yeah I think so (it was a wise move). The guy’s a talent and if Brazil do win the World Cup and he plays a major part, then that £50m they’ve paid for him could end up being £60m or even £70m.

“So yes, I think it’s a smart move. The guy’s a talent, the guy’s a player, he makes them better. He’s better than Fellaini, in my opinion, he’s better than Herrera as well.

“So absolutely an upgrade for United. The only thing this guy doesn’t do is score goals really.

“But United, in that position in the middle of the park, are looking for someone to shut things down and when they get the ball, open them up. He does both.”

Fred has received glowing reports from pundits, former players and teammates alike since completing his move to Old Trafford.

It’s clear that Manchester United are signing a quality midfielder but just how he gets on in his first season is yet to be seen.

There’s hopes he could kick off right away but he’ll most likely need time to adjust meaning Jose could still opt to use his 4-2-3-1 formation before eventually making the transition to the 4-3-3.

Should United cater to Pogba’s attributes by employing a three man midfield then it will be down to him to perform next season.

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