News of today: Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Brazilian midfielder Fred will flourish under the new interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
The 28-year-old joined the Old Trafford outfit back in 2018 for around £52 million. However, the move hasn’t been a great success for the Red Devils as the midfielder has failed to perform consistently in the Premier League.
Speaking on his own YouTube channel, Ferdinand praised the Brazilian midfielder’s mentality and explained how the 28-year-old could flourish under Ralf Rangnick’s new 4-2-2-2 system. He said:
“What you do get with Fred, is a mentality you’d love to get in any young kid. He don’t hear the noise. He just goes out there and plays. The biggest problem was he was jumping out of the team shape. He’d see a ball and just go, not think about what was behind him. In that position where he plays in front of back four you need that awareness. He never had that.
“Now with the team so structured, if he does go, other players will fill in because there’s an understanding and they’ll be tactically more aware.”
News of today: Will Fred become a mainstay at Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick?
News of today: Fred displayed a promising performance against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon and also scored the match-winning goal for Manchester United. However, it is too early to say that the Brazilian midfielder will find consistency under Ralf Rangnick.
The 28-year-old played excellently under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer every now and then, but it wasn’t consistent enough and so, a good performence under the German boss isn’t sufficient to say that he will become the mainstay for the Red Devils’ midfield. Therefore, although he had a very good game against the Eagles last time around, Fred will have to perform in the same way until the end of this season to prove his critics wrong.
Meanwhile, Manchester United will have a favourable run of fixtures in the next few months and Rangnick will have to accumulate as many points as possible from these encounters to close the gap at the top. The Red Devils will face Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday before they travel to Carrow Road to encounter Norwich City in the Premier League.