Frozen-out Fred lays out intentions in Instagram post

Fred has posted a message to his detractors on social media ahead of Manchester United’s Old Trafford clash with Leicester.

The Brazilian midfielder has yet to make a matchday squad this season under Old Gunnar Solskjaer, after making just nine Premier League appearances under the Norwegian last term.

Fred was a £53m signing in the summer of 2018 by Jose Mourinho, but he has struggled to get to grips with life in England and he has come under fire.

The 26-year-old remains strong though and seemingly intent on making his time in Manchester a success.

He posted an image on Instagram with the message: “Stay focused, and don’t let anything stop you to accomplish your goals.”

Speaking in pre-season about Fred, who got married recently, Solskjaer said: “Well, I think you’re not surprised when a player who has played in Ukraine finds it a little bit hard in the beginning.

“But we know the talent is there. We’ve seen, towards the end of the season, what Fred can give us: the PSG game, the Arsenal and Man City games.

“And, of course, he’s one that we hope is going to take another step this season. Hopefully, missing 10 days of our pre-season won’t set him back too much.”

The former Shakhtar man was linked with a loan move away in August, but Solskjaer appeared to have put his faith in the the player ahead of the Wolves fixture last month.

Solskajer said: “Your team will always play better if settled and [you] have a good foundation and [are] not conceding goals.

“And good teams I played in, we always had a strong base, a keeper, settled backline and we hope to provide that for our attackers and midfielders. And we believe Fred is going to have a big season as well.”

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