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“Absolutely instrumental” – Man United legend hails midfield star as ‘perfect’



In a recent interview with CNN, former Manchester United goalkeeper and club legend Peter Schmeichel has heaped praises on midfield star Fred.

Fred Manchester United

The 27-year-old Brazilian arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2018. But he endured a difficult debut season in England. However, he has managed to turn things around during the 2019/20 campaign, emerging as one of our best players this term.

Indeed, Fred has been an ever-present in the middle of the park when fit and available. He has featured in 39 matches across all competitions, scoring two goals and assisting four more.

Hailing this transformation, Schmeichel hailed Fred as instrumental to club’s turnaround under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (h/t CNN)

“Fred has been, for me, absolutely instrumental in how well the club has done this season.

“He was always perfect for the club but he’s now been given playing time and the more time he’s been given, the more confidence he’s gained and for me, he’s been one of the great stories this season at Manchester United.”

Fred Fernandes

The giant Dane also added that manager and former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for giving Fred the confidence to flourish after a difficult initiation to English football. (h/t CNN)

It goes without saying that Fred’s turnaround has been absolutely remarkable this season. The 27-year-old has been impressive defensively, but has also upped his game pushing forward from the middle.

The Brazilian’s partnership with Bruno Fernandes prior to the suspension of football showed great promise. Throw Paul Pogba in the mix and we have, on paper, one of the best midfield units in the league. Not long before we get to see the trio in action together!

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training



Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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