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Fred’s statistics show he’s amongst Brazil’s top performers

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United star Fred has been quietly in the form of his life for Brazil in the Copa America, providing plenty of encouragement ahead of the new season.

The tireless midfielder often comes under criticism during his time at Old Trafford but he’s clearly more appreciated in his home nation.

Fred‘s numerous games for United in the past season saw him recalled into the Brazilian side and he hasn’t left since.

In fact, he’s featured regularly for his nation since arriving in South America and is a key player for them.

Some fans have pointed out that Fred‘s not being used to the best of his abilities at Old Trafford and it appears that theory has some truth in it.

The Peoples Person covered a piece on how Brazil manager Tite was making better use of Fred by either playing him in a three or by making him the more attacking of a midfield two.

His stats suggest he would be perfect in a box-to-box role and he sometimes shines at Manchester United on the rare occasion he’s given that role.

It could be argued most, if not all, of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s midfielders are specialists who would do better in a midfield three than a two.

It could also be argued none, other than Nemanja Matic, are natural holding midfielders and it’s why the engine room has looked timid of late.

Scott McTominay also starred for Scotland in the Euros and so the partnership of him and Fred that was so heavily criticised on club level may need some rethinking.

Perhaps they’re not being used correctly due to Solskjaer’s preference to have a sturdy, tenacious midfield in order to protect an otherwise shaky defence.

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