Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laid much of his hope on the doors of Andreas Pereira and Fred in regards to stepping up in Paul Pogba’s absence.
The talented Frenchman will be out of action until December if all things go well so the legendary Norwegian has quite the hole to fill.
Fred and Pereira play in different roles but it’s clear Solskjaer is hoping the combined creativity out of the pair will be enough to replace Pogba.
United couldn’t have asked for a more awful problem to have given their current issues and their lack of midfield reinforcement in the summer has certainly come back to haunt them.
However, back to back wins against Partizan and Norwich hints at the beginning of a good run of form if they can keep up their performances.
According to Gulf Today, Solskjaer said: “I think his energy and drive – the two Brazilians to be fair, Fred and Andreas – they are going to be important for us.
“Fred will probably take Paul’s position for a while now and that’s been brilliant for us. But Andreas has grown in the last few games. His energy and running, chasing, he is a different sort of 10.
“There is no use talking about who is not going to be here for a long, long time… Paul’s been brilliant and he is a creative midfielder that we need, but then it is up to the others to step up.”
Pereira was certainly more effective playing as an attacking-midfielder having been shunted out wide for much of the season so far.
In fact the academy product was beginning to be the source of frustrations for fans who felt Solskjaer should recognise his inability to play on the flanks.
Meanwhile Fred has slowly but surely improved of late as his partnership alongside Scott McTominay continues to grow.