Andreas Pereira has revealed how Manchester United’s players noticed Fred’s ability in training last season and were convinced he’d eventually show it on the pitch. Fred has enjoyed a superb second season at Old Trafford, finally making good on the £52million transfer fee that United paid Shakhtar Donetsk for the Brazilian midfielder. After a stop-start campaign under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2018/19, Fred is now one of the Norwegian’s most trusted players. And fellow countryman Pereira, in an interview with Brazilian media channel Esporte Interativo, lifted the lid on Fred’s work behind the scenes at United.
Andreas Pereira said “In training and at the club, players know that the player is good. You notice when the guy arrives, who’s the ace, who’s the player who maybe can’t take the level. Fred never had this problem with us. He’s a very good player. Very good. So when he arrived and it wasn’t working out, things are normal,” added Pereira. In the first year he arrived he had to adapt to England, his family. These are normal things that maybe for fans who want to see this on the pitch, they don’t understand. But with time now he relaxed, he’s calm, the family is living well, he’s training better every day. This year he was better at each game. And he’s feeling good in the team, and now he can show his football. I already knew he was good, it was just for everyone outside to see the real Fred.”
Pereira believes it’s not unusual for a player to need a bedding-in period at a new club. He added that he’s glad the world had started to see the best of Fred before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.