Manchester United’s midfielder Fred seems to be playing a slightly different role isn’t he? His recently departed caretaker manager Michael Carrick has confirmed this is true.
Before the announcement of Carrick's departure on Friday, the Englishman confirmed that he is acutely aware that not many fans believe in Fred, but he knows what the Brazilian is all about.
Carrick said that Fred is a supreme team-player that is happy to sacrifice himself for the team. Additionally, the Brazilian star has now begun to play his football slightly higher up the pitch.
"He twisted his ankle against Villarreal in the first-half and you've seen a lot of players come off at half-time. To come out in the second-half when it's stiff and swollen and sore, it's not easy to carry on. He got through that and he bounced into the game and there was no way he was going to miss the next game. That mentality is infectious. I'm all for that.
"I think he's improved an awful lot, Fred, he brings great energy to the team, he's improving, he's played a little bit higher up the pitch the last couple of times than before, just because we tweaked a couple of things for both games and he's done ever so well.
“Cristiano's goal against Villarreal epitomises that and he nearly got one the other night when he intercepted from [Edouard] Mendy.
"He brings an awful lot to the team, Fred, and I like him a lot,” Carrick concluded.
Up next for Fred and the Red Devils is the visit of Crystal Palace to Old Trafford this weekend.