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Carrick Impressed By Fred Improvement

Manchester United coach Michael Carrick has highlighted Brazilian midfielder Fred’s improved performances in the United engine room recently.

Fred was bought ostensibly to replace Carrick in 2018, signing for £55m from Shakhtar Donetsk. He endured a difficult first season, but has come into his own in recent months.

“I think he’s done great,” Carrick said at the club’s winter training camp in Marbella. “It’s not always easy, I think history tells you that.

“When you look through the pages of this club, when new signings have come in, sometimes it takes a little time to adapt, you know that, and it doesn’t mean they’re not good players or they don’t have real good quality in their play.

“I think it’s just what playing for this club brings and playing in the league. The Premier League is so different to other leagues so, sometimes, it takes time to get used to it, but credit to Fred.

“He’s stuck at it, he’s learnt and he’s been willing to put the work in and try to improve. He’s been fantastic for quite some time now and I’m sure there’s more to come, because he’s that kind of boy.

“He wants to keep improving, he wants to keep learning and getting better and there’s plenty more to improve, like any player, so we’ll keep working at it.”

 
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