Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his own Jekyll and Hyde after Tottenham win


Is Manchester United star Fred good? Or is he bad? The Brazil international produced another Jekyll and Hyde performance against Tottenham on Sunday. And with the Red Devils eyeing a summer move for Declan Rice, it’ll be intriguing to see what the future holds for the midfielder.

Manchester United fell behind against Tottenham, with Son Heung-Min opening the scoring.

The South Korea international put the hosts in front after his theatrics prevented Edinson Cavani from breaking the deadlock.

But United then upped the ante in the second half to claim all three points.

Fred scored his first goal of the season for the club, with the Brazil international rifling home from close range after Hugo Lloris had parried Edinson Cavani’s shot into his path.

Cavani himself then found the net to give the visitors the lead.

And United made the points safe late on through Mason Greenwood, who came off the bench to score for the third time in four matches.

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The United star worked hard, as he always does, but failed to get a grasp on his midfield duel with the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele.

It was, once again, another Jekyll and Hyde performance from the midfielder though with Fred improving considerably in the second half.

He ended the game with more passes on the pitch than any other player with 60.

And it was a similar story when it came to recovering possession, with the 28-year-old winning the ball back 11 times throughout the contest.

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What United need from Fred now is consistency. There’s no denying he’s a good asset to the club, especially in the big games, but more is still required.

Especially with Rice being eyed in the background.

Behind the scenes, United are set to explore a deal for the West Ham star when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season – and are ready to use Jesse Lingard as bait.

And the onus is now on Fred to save his side millions in the transfer market.

If Fred can finally achieve consistency, nearly three years on from his £52million move from Shakhtar Donetsk, then the Red Devils may save their cash for Erling Haaland or Raphael Varane instead.

And United will hope he produces more performances like the second half, instead of toiling like he did in the first, in the coming weeks ahead.

Solskjaer was full of praise for the South American after the game, insisting Fred deserved his goal.

“I’m so happy for him,“ said the 48-year-old.

“He keeps practising, we had a good session yesterday. Arriving from a little bit deeper, maybe not striking it from 25 yards with his right foot (!), but getting in the box and in the areas where you can use your left foot and it was great movement from Edinson, good play, but he’s there and I’m so pleased for him.

“He gives us everything, every game, Fred, and he’s rewarded with a very important goal for us.”

Fred’s midfield partner in crime, Scott McTominay, was delighted as well.

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“Top, so happy for him. It’s what happens when he gets in the box, you know. I said that to him at the end, ‘get in the box Fred!’” he said.

“All the boys were really, really good today.

“I thought Paul Pogba was outstanding, Mason when he came on made a real difference, Edi, I can speak highly enough of the majority, well, all the players to be fair.”





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