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09 Feb 2019 14:28:04
Another good performance, with Pogba and Tony excelling.

But, let's talk about Fred.

5th highest transfer fee, and can't even make the bench. He's not only behind our first choice three, but McTominay and Perreira too. I haven't seen anything in his game that suggests he's a top level player, let alone a £50m player. I would assume that the club is already looking to move him on, but I can't see us recouping anything close to what we paid.

Definitely a contender for our worst ever signing.

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09 Feb 2019 14:43:33
I do not think it's that simple.
I'm not sure but Fred got a chance, then Pereira got a chance and mctominay got a chance.
None of them have done anything to suggest they are anywhere close to playing in our midfield 3.
I'd still put Fellaini above these 3.
Really hope all 3 of these can stay fit for most parts till the end of the season and then we can decide.

{Ed004's Note - Tbf McTominay played well today. Very assured performance. However, hopefully the Ndombele rumours are true as we need to strengrhen our depth in midfield and plan for Matic successor}

09 Feb 2019 15:48:22
I agree, I’m not fully convinced by any of them. But McTominay is by far the most promising, and Fred the least.

With McTominay I can see him doing a job. Perreria, not sold on, don’t think he is a cm player, or that he will ever do well in the EPL. With Fred, however, I got nothing. Terrible first touch, average passing ability, weak defensively, and just unimposing. What does he do, and where does he fit in?

09 Feb 2019 17:01:20
He looked good at Shaktar. I see some parallels with Lindelof last season. Came from a weaker league, needed time to adapt to a stronger, faster league, new country, new language, new team mates, and all on limited opportunities. Lindelof struggled but this season has done much much better and since November has become a key part of the team. Can Fred do the same?

I agree on Pereira I think he's off come July and he'll be mid table in Spain or Italy. McTom can go either way. He has something but he needs regular minutes to develop.

09 Feb 2019 17:30:40
There’s clearly a good player in there, he has pace and skills but for whatever reason he hasn’t settled and looks lost on the pitch. He needs game time and hopefully he will find his feet.

09 Feb 2019 17:47:41
Could it be that, as with the others, Mourinho kept the shackles on him?
A very strict defensive midfield role and he now needs time to bring out the rest of his game? He has 3 good players to learn from and play alongside.

09 Feb 2019 17:52:25
Was he really good at Shaktar? I’ve never watched a Shaktar game, so all I have to go on is YouTube clips which are about as reliable as a scally asking for a look at your phone.

With Lindelof, you could see that it was a player struggling with the physicality of the EPL, but still performing really well at the international level. With Fred, there isn’t just one issue. In fact, I struggle to see what he’s good at. He isn’t slow, but I wouldn’t describe him as pacey. As for skill, his control is suspect, and first touch is genuinely awful, meaning that he isn’t particularly well suited to a fast passing game. I’ve watched him since the start of the season, and I still don’t get his purpose in the squad.

{Ed001's Note - I watched a bunch of Shakhtar games when I did a player profile on him and I honestly cannot understand why you bought him. He was dreadful in every one. The difference being that he was given acres of space and time on the ball there, so his boots being trampolines was not an issue.}

10 Feb 2019 04:30:37
I meant McTomminay by the way.







 

 

 
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