The Norwegian watched on as his players dragged themselves to a somewhat lucky 2-1 victory against the London club.
Fred was one of United’s better performers on the day and it came just a few days after his inspiring display vs Barcelona.
The Brazilian had a poor start to his career at Old Trafford but has come good of late under Solskjaer.
According to the official Manchester United website, Ole said: “I have to say, he’s growing into his place and his position.
“It’s difficult to come to a new country. He’s had loads of difficulties with injuries, like niggles. Then when I came in, he didn’t come to Dubai with us because [his wife was having] a baby.
“So, now he’s growing into his position and I’ve been very pleased with his last few games. I think you can all see why we believe in him. He’s got such a great confidence and attitude. He loves to have the ball, he loves to smile.”
Fred has more than earned his starts and it’s a relief he’s improved given his price-tag last summer.
The midfielder was signed for over £50m and could’ve ended up a waste of money despite being the only major signing of last year.
Fred‘s versatility helps him as well as he has played as a defensive midfielder and a central midfielder.
More importantly the former Shakhtar Donetsk man has proven himself a capable all-rounder, equally able at winning the ball back as he is at putting in a defence splitting pass to his marauding teammates.