Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Fred to take his first-team chance when he next plays for Manchester United , suggesting he may hand the out-of-favour midfielder a start against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Fred has largely underwhelmed since arriving at Old Trafford as the club’s first-most expensive signing last summer, and has found first-team opportunities hard to come by of late.
However Solskjaer, who has started Fred just once in the league since replacing Jose Mourinho on an interim basis, takes an injury-hit United squad to Selhurst Park that is missing 10 players.
And with regular starters Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic among those on the sidelines, Fred is in contention to start just his eighth Premier League game since arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk.
“[Fred needs to] play well when he gets the chance, keeping training, keep working as he does,” Solskjaer said.
“We have had a midfield three of [Ander] Herrera, [Paul] Pogba and [Nemanja] Matic and they have played really well together.
“It is not like we have been bogged down with too many games. Scott McTominay was the obvious choice against Liverpool because he was an academy kid – we had five academy kids at one point on the pitch. He knows what it means.
“You have to look at the time it needs to settle. You look at Juan [Sebastian Veron] – he is one of the best players that I played with – and it took him time to settle. And I am sure that when given the chance and a run in the team Fred will grab the opportunity.
“Fred will get his chances, maybe tomorrow.”
Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood are also out injured for United.