Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed his plans for midfielder Fred assuring the Brazilian star a place at the Premier League squad.
Only a year after entering United from Shakhtar Donetsk, Fred, 26, was connected with a move to Series A team Fiorentina.
Solskjaer however, said the Brazil international was a key part of his squad, insisting his plans for Fred would get him a chance as the season went on.
“He [Fred] is working hard and at the moment he’s just behind Paul [Pogba] and Scott [McTominay] – who has done really well – and Nemanja [Matic], who hasn’t been involved,” he told reporters.
“August is the most difficult period to manage a big squad because there’s only one game a week and everybody’s fit because we’ve had pre-season, and everyone’s ready to play.
“In September, October, November – when injuries come – that’s when you have most of the games. So, he [Fred] will play plenty of football.”
While Fred looks set to stay, there have been changes to United’s squad, with Alexis Sanchez joining Inter on loan on Thursday.
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Solskjaer admitted the Chilean’s exit, and that of Romelu Lukaku – also to Inter – had left him short in the attacking third.
“I said on the way back from tour that we were still looking for one replacement for Romelu if he went,” he said.
“We’re still one down, but we just didn’t get the right one and we didn’t get the answer we wanted.”