Manchester United midfielder Fred is adamant that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a good job at Old Trafford, however is conscious that the team has failed to live up to expectations once again this season.
The Red Devils are currently sitting seventh in the Premier League standings, three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and a whopping 38 in the back of runaway leaders Liverpool.
A 2-0 victory over the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Monday boosted United’s chances of
Champions League qualification, however their 2019-20 campaign has been dogged by way of inconsistency.
Solskjaer has overseen victories over Chelsea ,
Manchester City , Leicester and Tottenham, whilst also turning into the only manager to take any points from Liverpool, however United’s success against the top six has been undermined by their efforts against the lesser clubs.
Fred admits United are are “not doing as well” as they have to be, and hopes to begin delivering silverware to an expectant fanbase once again in the close to future.
“Being highlighted now is very good, however there is the different side and unfortunately the team is no longer [doing] as nicely as it may want to be,” he told UOL Esporte . “We desired to compete for the lead with Liverpool, but we are beneath Chelsea [and] Tottenham.
“It is section of soccer and we need to be aware of how to deal with it and increase our heads, due to the fact we have a very excellent team.
“You have to be charged [to deal with pressure] because it is a gigantic team. When things don’t work out, it is logical that the followers will talk.
And it’s up to us to deal with the strain off the pitch.
“The crowd got used to seeing many titles due to the measurement of United and they prefer those moments again. They are right and they should always want it.”
Fred went on to describe Solskjaer as a “teacher” and talked up how “important” the Norwegian has been in the back of the scenes amid regular speculation over his future at the Theatre of Dreams.
“Solskjaer is our teacher and does a good job,” said the Brazil international. “He is younger and developing each and every day. He learned a lot and will develop as a coach and person.
“It is up to the board to decide, we do not have the strength to determine on this. But he is very nice, he is an incredible person, he talks a lot, he has a playful side and he is usually smiling.
“The day to day is awesome and he is very vital for the team, as he was as a player in the history of the club.”
One man whose contribution to United’s purpose has been drastically constrained this time period is Paul Pogba, who underwent surgical procedure on a niggling ankle difficulty in January.
It is not yet known when the Frenchman will return to action, and he continues to be linked with a cross away from the club amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.
Fred acknowledges Pogba’s larger than life personality attracts negative press at times, however insists the midfielder is a “hard-working guy” who nonetheless has a lot to provide the team.
“He’s a amazing person and a terrific player,” Fred added. “On a each day groundwork we [are] together a lot. He’s a true guy and we attempt to bring him closer to United.
“Unfortunately, he was once injured a lot this season, but he can nonetheless help a lot. Needless to say, he is a incredible player. May he recover quickly, because he is a world champion and being 100 per cent will assist us a lot.
“We feel bad due to the fact of the injury. His way of being does not change the good individual and the tremendous player he is.
He’s a very hard-working guy, who struggles to get back soon.
“He has his personality, however that mustn’t get in the way of any analysis.”