Opinion: Fred can outshine Michael Carrick's legacy at Old Trafford
Writing for manutd.com Stuart Mathieson insists United's newcomer has everything to become the most successful Brazilian at the Theatre of Dreams
Fred is already proving himself
"Having not played for Brazil in the World Cup in Russia, despite being in the squad, Fred had the minutes in his legs from his involvement in United’s pre-season tour of the USA, and against Bayern Munich in Germany. And he was up and running against Leicester.
"There were no problems getting into the pace of the Premier League for the 25-year-old. He was up to speed and proved he’d be no pushover in English engine-room battles."
Michael Carrick is Michael Carrick and there is no successor
"When Mourinho signed him back in June, the manager was at pains to insist the midfielder was not a replacement for the retired and new coach member Michael Carrick. “Fred is a technical player,” said Mourinho. “Having people in the squad like Matic, Fellaini, Pogba, even Herrera – physical people, strong – we think players like Fred and Andreas Pereira – more technical, more quality of passing, playing in short spaces – will maybe connect with the attacking players. We thought that he could be an important player for us – but let's wait. “There is no Michael Carrick successor,” he added."
The Brazilian has Ji-sung Park's engine
"But there was a hint of Carrick and more about Fred against Leicester. He displayed vision, craft, imagination and an engine to match that of Ji-sung Park. He covered the ground, picked out passes and got stuck in – as Leicester’s James Maddison will testify, as the Brazilian picked up his first yellow card in English football.
"When the no.17 went up on the electronic subs board in the 76th minute and Fred was replaced by Scott McTominay, the standing ovation from the Old Trafford crowd said it all."
"Fred the Red can be more than a mascot for Manchester United now."