Could Mario Lemina be an astute purchase for Manchester United?

In a market where transfer fees are inflated beyond belief, the asking price of around £18 million for Mario Lemina looks a smart acquisition for any Premier League club this summer.

While he has had difficulties over consistent playing time since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over from Mark Hughes last December, it does not suggest that the quality nor ability has evaded the Gabon international.

Different managers ask for different things when it comes to players and some have certain predetermined ideas of what they expect from their midfielders. Unfortunately for Lemina, he has not found himself on the right side of the fence with the Austrian coach and is, therefore, allowed to leave for the same price Southampton first recruited him for.

Manchester United, just as they have been with every other available player this summer, are linked with the former Juventus man. Some have expressed their concerns about a lack of quality, while others can see the sensibilities in bringing a profile like Lemina’s in at Old Trafford.

Marouane Fellaini left the club last January and Ander Herrera has recently joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. Whether or not Paul Pogba remains or leaves this summer is irrelevant, with the bottom line being the Red Devils need at least one midfielder this summer.

Bruno Fernandes is on the list for a more attacking-minded player, but there simply has to be a Herrera replacement this summer if United are to make the top four come May next year.

The 25-year-old fits the bill in terms of his ball-playing abilities, dribbling attributes  and defensive qualities, but some will always be displeased because Lemina is not a ‘big name’.

Part of the reason as to why Man United are in the rut they are in is due to targeting the bigger and more globally-appealing names of this world who disrupt the influence of the coach and create unnecessary distractions.

A huge benefit of Lemina is that he is not one of those players. Still at an age where he has plenty to give and clearly not over the hill, the Gabon international can improve United’s overall squad and also provide important versatility which sees him cover a variety of positions.

No one should be expecting Lemina to come into the Red Devils’ team and demand to be an undisputed starter. But his sense of drive on the ball would be more than welcomed when against teams that pose a low block and are hard to break down.

At £18 million, there is very little to go wrong in this deal. Manchester United need a replacement for Herrera – who can fluctuate from a defensive-minded role to an attacking one – that does not cost an arm and a leg in today’s market.

There is still plenty to be done in other positions and so a quick transaction which would see an improvement being made to the squad should be spoken about in a positive light. After all, he might just go on a rollercoaster of a journey just as Sadio Mane has before him.

A big season awaits Marcus Rashford at Manchester United

There were mixed reviews when Manchester United announce the extension of Marcus Rashford’s new contract this week, with the reported wage coming to around £250,000 per-week, should the Englishman achieve all bonuses.

While, of course, fans were happy with the club tying down one of England’s brightest talents until 2023, there were some worried about giving the size of that contract to a 21-year-old who has yet shown and fulfilled his true potential.

 

No one can deny that Rashford has talent in abundance, nor that he works hard, but fans of the Red Devils also have not seen a season in which the England international has mustered up more than 10 Premier League goals.

Rashford’s record stands at 27 Premier League goals in 111 appearances throughout his career so far. The caveat to this statistic is the fact that he has played a lot of his football from the wing position, either due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney or Romelu Lukaku standing in his way.

But with two of those already having moved on and Lukaku set to follow, this is the first season in which Rashford could be considered the main man to lead United’s forward line.

Even if Man United can activate the deal to bring Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder to Old Trafford, Rashford will have the majority of playing minutes as the club’s centre forward, which brings its own pressures.

At 21, the academy graduate has achieved a lot: from the World Cup semi-final with England to winning the Europa League with Man United, he has experienced a fair amount to shape him into the player he is today.

But, now, with Manchester United entering a new phase under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it is time for Rashford to step up to the plate and prove he has what it takes to take his, and United’s, performances to the next level.

Fans understand that he has been a work in progress since breaking through at 18, but after seeing the likes of Luka Jovic, Kylian Mbappe and Joao Felix putting in consistent performances that warrant big money, it is time for Rashford to follow suit and achieve similar feats.

The England centre forward will have the fans’ overall backing through thick and thin, but criticism will appear through the cracks should Rashford not perform this season and provide a constant flood of goals. He was made for United and now it is time to bring them back to the top.

The future is bright for Benfica’s Joao Felix

In his debut and breakthrough season, Joao Felix has replicated the impressive feats that Kylian Mbappe achieved when at AS Monaco as a teenager. 

The Benfica forward has the eyes of the world fixated on him after what has been a non-stop rollercoaster of a journey throughout this campaign. Remarkably, the Portuguese second striker has a combined 31 goals and assists in 43 first-team appearances this season.

His rise has been meteoric and it is no wonder why the biggest clubs in the world are vying for his signature at the earliest possible chance. Inserted into his contract, which runs until 2023, is a release clause of €120 million – a fee that is very achievable from Benfica’s point of view given the current state of the market.

Felix was an unknown quantity 12 months ago, having played the majority of his football in Portugal’s second division as well as Benfica’s U19 side in the UEFA Youth League. Of course, the Portuguese star was a talent when up against his fellow youth players, but no one had quite anticipated his perfect adjustment to senior football at one of the country’s biggest clubs.

What is perhaps even more staggering, however, is the fact that Felix has only really announced himself to the world since the beginning of this year. Before January, the forward had only managed to start two games in Liga Primeira, with his other four appearances coming from the bench. With that being said, he did manage to start all of Benfica’s Europa League matches.

But since the beginning of January, Felix has netted 13 goals in the league, as well as assisting his team-mates on eight occasions. His numbers speak for themselves, but perhaps even more impressively, it’s Felix’s intuition and decision making that is making him stand out from the crowd.

In Benfica’s 4-4-1-1 formation, Felix sits just behind Haris Seferovic in attack and acts as a patrolling number 10, but with more emphasis on goal-scoring that assisting. The Portugal U21 international has an immense maturity in how he plays the game, as well as his ability to understand where he needs to be at what specific moment; not many, at 19, can think and execute moves so intelligently.

And so with his newfound fame and notoriety, England, Spain, Italy and France’s biggest clubs queue up in an orderly fashion to tell them why their club is best suited to him. Benfica have made it clear, however, that a bid under €100 million will not suffice and will have to break that barrier to acquire their prize possession.

Whether or not he moves this summer, and in practice, he should remain for another season at least, Felix’s future is one of the brightest in Europe and it will be interesting to see how far he can push himself over the next couple of years.

Will Eden Hazard’s last game for Chelsea be in the Europa League final?

With the summer transfer window opening for Premier League teams on Thursday, clubs in England are now working down their shortlist to see who is and is not attainable over the next few months. 

Chelsea are in a peculiar position, due to their transfer ban for two windows being upheld by FIFA last week. The Blues are set to contest this decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but it is fair to say that they will be behind others if the outcome is reversed and they can in fact sign players.

With Christian Pulisic signing last January and joining the club over the summer, one large piece of transfer business has already been concluded – which takes the pressure off somewhat with their foresight that this ban would be coming. However, even with the American touching down in London, all eyes are on Eden Hazard’s decision and whether he will stay or go.

The Belgium international has been with the club since 2012 and has been considered the best of the bunch in those seven years in West London. Hazard has danced in front of the Chelsea faithful every other week with his name being reverberated around the stadium and has won prestigious honours at Stamford Bridge.

But with Real Madrid, who have been chasing his signature for several years, approaching their rebuilding summer with Zinedine Zidane at the helm, the Belgian’s chapter at Chelsea is drawing to a sharp close.

It is likely that Hazard’s last match in a Chelsea shirt will be against Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan, contesting for the Europa League final. After yet another stellar season contributing a combined 35 goals and assists in 51 appearances, it is no wonder that Zidane wants to use the Belgian to rebuild his forward line.

With Gareth Bale potentially leaving the club this summer after the French manager made it clear that he will not be in his plans next season, it makes perfect sense as to why Zidane sees Hazard as the player to come and make an immediate difference.

Although Karim Benzema has had a more prolific season than his last few, the manager is evidently also taking into consideration that the centre forward will be turning 32 by the end of this year. With Hazard alongside the Frenchman, goals should come at a more frequent rate – especially when they matter and without the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Even with a year left on his contract, Chelsea are demanding a hefty fee for Hazard. The transfer fee is rumoured to be in the region of £90 million, which would be a healthy return rate for a player who is nearing the end of his contract and has delivered on his talent for seven years at the club.

Hazard first announced that he was joining the ‘Champions of Europe’ when Chelsea won the European cup in 2012, and it would be somewhat fitting if the Belgium international bowed out by winning the Europa League for the club before heading over to the Spanish capital and starting the next phase of his career.

Is it time for Paulo Dybala to move on from Juventus?

Since joining Italian champions Juventus in 2015 for £36 million, Paulo Dybala has become a fan’s favourite in Turin over the four years he has been at the club.

The Argentina international is a magisterial player that can turn on sixpence and find the winning goal when the odds are heavily stacked against him. In the same way to Lionel Messi, Dybala is one of the most gifted players of his generation and likes to occupy the ‘half spaces’ between the opposition’s midfield and defence.

However, it has not been plain sailing for the Argentinean. There have been a few issues on-and-off the field since moving to the Allianz Stadium, and this season suggests that there might be thoughts from Dybala to leave for pastures new.

The playmaker has featured in 39 games this season from a possible 48 so far, which is not a poor record, but when diving deeper into his game time, Massimiliano Allegri has often opted to remove Dybala after 75 minutes, or not even start him.

Since the turn of the year, Dybala has routinely found himself either on the bench or not starting. There have been five games from 11 in which he has been fit enough to feature in that he either failed to come on at all or made a cameo role towards the end of the match.

For someone who is a fully fledged international player and now in the prime of his career when turning 26-years-old this November, Dybala has the capacity to be one of the leaders in any squad. His talent is unquestionable, but evidently, Allegri views him as a liability at times and does not always find room for Dybala in his very intricate system.

Which then begs the question as to what the Argentine might decide to do this summer. Around Europe’s top five league, there will be plenty of suitors, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid the more likely destinations for the playmaker.

Dybala has three years left on his contract from this summer onwards, which means Juventus are in no hurry or pressure to sell. The Bianconeri will likely only listen to offers that eclipse £75 million due to market inflation over the past number of years, but the aforementioned clubs would not be put off that price given the quality they think they are purchasing.

One of the Argentinean’s greatest strengths is his versatility, which could also been seen as a weakness in the sense that he is yet to nail down his own position and stamp his authority for Juventus. But any prospective buying club will see Dybala as a solution to many holes in their squad, with being able to fill it across the forward line and in his more preferred number 10 role.

In Dybala’s 39 matches this season, he has found the back of the net on 10 occasions and recorded six assists, which is respectable given his lack of match rhythm throughout the season and various on-going injury problems.

Dybala, however, needs to now make a choice over his long-term future. Should he remain at Juventus for his prime years, it looks likely that he will have to settle for his role in the squad that is not cemented, or he can move to a club that values him as one of their best and most important players which will entitle him to a more central role.

Dybala is still young enough to move on and make this decision, but the longer he leaves it, the harder it will be to state his argument of being one of the best overall players of his generation.

Manchester United are feeling the effects of signing Alexis Sanchez

It has been over a year since Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal on a free transfer, and yet the Chilean has only managed 29 appearances in all competitions for the club. 

Out of those 29 appearances, perhaps only a handful have been worth remembering. Through injuries, a lack of confidence and irregular minutes on the pitch, Sanchez has been nothing short of a disappointment by Manchester United fans. By all accounts, he is not justifying his immense £350,000 per-week deal (plus bonuses).

It was well documented back in January 2018 that to beat Manchester City to the acquisition of the Chile international, the Red Devils would have to increase their offer and make it as lucrative as possible. The club succumbed to the demands and offered Sanchez an overall package that thumped not only every other player at the club, but also in the Premier League and most of Europe.

With his pedigree and reputation, however, and with the fact that there was no transfer fee to pay, Manchester United thought they would receive his stellar, match-winning performances that he had shown in the years previous at Arsenal.

But, as of present day, that has not been the case. Injuries have plagued the 30 year old and he has yet to ignite in a Red Devils jersey. There were issues with style of play under Jose Mourinho which evidently did not help, but even when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in as interim manager and gave everyone a lift, Sanchez remained unaffected.

Whether the Chilean is moved on at the end of the season or not is another story – and it will not be easy – but what is more prevalent than his on-pitch performances is how his pay packet is now affecting how the club operates. Given the extortionate sums Sanchez is receiving, his teammates, who are well within their rights to ask, are wondering why they cannot increase their contracts by a considerable figure.

Ander Herrera, for example, is the latest player to ask for a sizeable increase on his contract, which currently expires at the end of the season. With interest looming large from Paris Saint-Germain, the Spain international is using Sanchez’s situation, as well as the attraction from other clubs, to his advantage.

The Spanish midfielder is a classy player and has served United well over the years. He might be considered a squad player more than an essential starter, but there is no denying that he has acted accordingly and fans have grown fond of him since arriving in Manchester in 2014.

Sanchez’s teammates are now expecting similar luxury treatment after understanding the full extent of the Chilean’s contract. Especially given the fact that he has barely played for the club, the likes of Herrera and Luke Shaw feel it is well within their rights to ask for what they think they deserve with the performances they have shown.

If the Chilean never came to Man United in early 2018 and decided to opt for Pep Guardiola’s Man City instead, it would be an immensely difficult sell for Herrera to receive the £200,000 per-week he is asking for.

But alas, given the indentation that Sanchez has done to the books at Old Trafford, the average wages are going to soar with players asking for the ridiculous. There is now no sense of control over what the club can be signing these players up for, because the new ‘normal’ has increased dramatically.

So not only has Sanchez wildly underperformed during his 13 months at Manchester United, but he has also put the club in a difficult situation when trying to re-negotiate contracts with important members of the squad. It will be interesting to see how this pans out with Herrera especially, but the Red Devils have to, at some point, say enough is enough.

How hard should Manchester United pursue Jadon Sancho?

It hasn’t taken long for Jadon Sancho to become an England international and last Friday night he made his first competitive start in the European Qualifiers against Czech Republic.

Recording his first assist, England fans waited with anticipation and excitement every time he received the ball. His unpredictability and jaw-dropping quick feet did the talking for the night and will be a debut that he, nor the fans, will ever forget.

This season, the Englishman has netted nine goals and recorded a staggering 17 assists. Not many would have thought Sancho would have had this type of impact in his second full season in Germany.

Such is his high profile status nowadays, it hasn’t taken long for Europe’s elite to come calling. While Dortmund are not inclined to sell the gem they have on their books, it is widely accepted that money makes the football world go round and it is simply about the price being right for them.

Manchester United have longed for a right-sided winger for a number of years. After failing in securing one, they have had to play Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard in the position, which is a waste of talent given their prowess through the middle occupying the spaces in between midfield and defence.

Diogo Dalot, who only joined last summer as a prospect, has been featuring on the wing in recent weeks, and has done well, but it is about time the Red Devils delved deep into their pockets and signed a world-class superstar-in-the-making.

Even from just seeing him for the 90 minutes against Czech Republic, Sancho has it all at his disposal. The turn of speed, the spatial intelligence of what is around him, his ability to come inside as well take them on in the outside channels, and the mindset of knowing when to give a pass and when to produce an individual action.

In a similar way to some of the best players on the planet, Sancho has that innate sense of unpredictability and surprise in his game. Especially as a winger, it is paramount to keep their opposite man on their toes at all times and confuse them with every move: cause them to think twice every time the ball lands at their feet. And that is exactly what Sancho has shown this season – his raw talent of beating the person in front of him.

There will be a long list of clubs ready to offer Sancho the next step up potentially, but Manchester United will have an advantage over some of their competitors by making sure he has the best opportunity to start. With the right wing barren, Sancho can make that position his own in a Red Devils jersey for a decade if he wanted to.

Borussia Dortmund are a talent factory with their whole modus operandi being emphasised on buying low and selling high. While they might come out to the public and say that he is strictly not for sale, they know that a fee of around £80 million is what will satisfy them.

The German side had also not expected any teams to become infatuated with Sancho in the way that Man United are currently this season. While the inevitable would eventually happen and English clubs come calling in the next two years, it shows what a meteoric rise the England international has been on for certain European teams to be queuing up for his signature.

Manchester United will need to shop for a number of positions this summer, but if they are serious about challenging for major honours next season, a player of Sancho’s calibre must be acquired in order to achieve the next step.

Letting Ander Herrera leave on a free transfer would be a mistake

With the summer transfer window right around the corner, speculation is certainly heating up with contracts coming to an end. 

One Manchester United player in particular, Ander Herrera, has been the subject of rumours this week, suggesting that he is in advanced stages of negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Given the Spain midfielder’s contract expires at the end of June, the player is evaluating all his options and will obviously use the interest he gathers from other top European clubs to his advantage when discussing with the Red Devils.

It is reported that Herrera is asking for around £100,000 per-week, which, for a starting player at Manchester United, is not extortionate by any means. The Spaniard has been a valuable squad player since arriving in 2014 and has been a pivotal midfield player under Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s new regime.

Some fans will question Herrera’s ability and suggest there are alternatives out there, on the market, that could come in at Old Trafford and rise to the level necessary in order to win titles and European competitions. While that is, in essence true, there is more at stake here than the option of upgrading in central midfield.

For starters, Herrera’s leadership qualities are outstanding. He is a player who ‘gets’ what the club is about and the foundations it prides itself on. That might be a cliché to some and how ‘passion’ is meaningless when challenging for the biggest prizes of all, but Manchester United have needed leaders in their squad for a number of years and players to fully understand what it means to put the jersey on.

The focus, determination and willingness to fight that Herrera brings should not be underestimated in this day and age. Not many players are forthcoming in putting their bodies on the line for the cause and taking one for the team, but Herrera has shown he does just that and fulfils the role perfectly. Every club needs a ‘scrapper’ in their team and the Spaniard is one of the world’s best at playing the dark arts.

Secondly, with the cost of the overall package of transfers – wages included – rising year-on-year, it will not be a modest operation in signing a new player that can significantly upgrade Manchester United’s midfield.

Herrera would be let go of for free, so the Red Devils would be dipping deep into their pockets in order to sign someone of the required level. Some would suggest the acquisition of PSG’s Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer, but the wages and complications would put the Mancunian club off with troubles arising just around the corner.

Another issue with Herrera walking out the door would be Manchester United having to allocate some of their transfer kitty in order to replace him. With centre back, defensive midfield and a right winger already on the wish list, it is highly unlikely that United extend that to another player in midfield and broach the £200 million mark – if not more.

With that being the case, one or possibly even two of the priority positions mentioned will be neglected for another season. The Red Devils have been longing for a right-sided player for a number of years, while Nemanja Matić is starting to wind down and the need for a central defender to shore up their organisation.

It would be a monumental mistake to ignore those positions and get dragged into signing a central midfielder when they already have one that carries out his job well. Players have come and gone from United that have lacked the enthusiasm fans desire, but Herrera has shown why he should be adored by the supporters.

The danger of awarding Alexis Sánchez with his monumental contract was always going to be the knock-on effect it would have on the other squad players. Herrera is not extorting the club in any way, he is merely asking for what he deserves.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a freak of nature

It’s not hard to see why he is so admired by the masses. For year after year, Cristiano Ronaldo has been on top of the world with his performances at Manchester United and Real Madrid. And in Tuesday evening’s Champions League second leg in Turin, the Portuguese superstar rose to the occasion once more.

After losing 2-0 away at Atletico Madrid, not many gave the Bianconeri much hope in qualifying for the quarter finals, especially giving Diego Simeone’s robust and relentless defensive solidity at the back. The Argentine manager has a reputation of seeing out wins and the ability to nullify other teams’ offensive weapons.

However, with Ronaldo one the opposition’s team, and his fantastic record against Atletico, it was only a matter of time before the floodgates were opened by the Portugal captain. It can be argued that Ronaldo is the best header of the football to ever play the game, and his opening two goals justify that.

The way the centre forward leaps in the air and maintains his hang time is nothing short of magnificent. In his opening goal, Diego Godin had no chance of matching his aerial height and rose above the Uruguayan to sneak the  ball past Jan Oblak. For his second, Ronaldo’s movement in between the two central defenders allowed him some space to meet the ball in the air and just about get it over the line.

Ronaldo does not feel nerves and relishes high pressure situations. Time after time, he has come up trumps for Real Madrid, which is exactly why they have struggled so magnificently to uphold their own standards domestically and in Europe. Perhaps some at Los Blancos didn’t give as much credit to Ronaldo as they needed to.

If having won the Champions League five times throughout his career wasn’t enough, Ronaldo also has the most goals, assists, headed goals, home goals, away goals, free-kick goals and many other type of goals to his names. To put simply: Ronaldo is a machine that simply cannot be stopped in Europe.

There is not another footballer currently playing that has the same drive and devotion to his craft than Ronaldo, which is consistently being talked about by ex-teammates that have played with him throughout the years. The typical anecdotes of being the first one there and the last one to leave might seem endless, but that sacrifice is what has made Ronaldo the superstar he is today.

Whichever club Juventus are paired with in the quarter finals will know that, no matter the lead they have, it is going to always be an uphill battle when keeping Ronaldo quiet. Manchester United managed to do it in Turin under José Mourinho, but that was in a group stage game with little consequences. In a knockout format, Ronaldo raises his performances levels tenfold – only then is when you see the real player at work.

At 34 years old, it is clear that Ronaldo is slowing down somewhat and cherry picks his games, but Juventus are only after one thing that has eluded them for many years: the Champions League. There is no better player to deliver that than the Portugal international, who has already delivered an amazing comeback spectacle at the Allianz Stadium.

Fred’s turning point at Parc des Princes

It has been a struggle for Brazilian Fred since arriving last summer under José Mourinho for £50 million. 

Since first stepping foot in England, the team had crumbled and reached a new low with the manager eventually being sacked and relieved of his duties by Christmas. Fred signed up to a team that had the potential, under one of the most successful managers in the game, to challenge on all fronts and win major honours.

It soon became apparent that the Brazil international had walked into a dressing room that had been divided by the Portuguese manager, with matters only getting worse in the lead up to the end of 2018.

However, brighter skies appeared soon after with Ole Gunnar Solskjær returning to Old Trafford as interim manager and giving players a new lease of life. It was evident to see Fred finding it difficult to adjust to the Premier League and football in England, but there was hope on the horizon that the Norwegian manager could give him the confidence to express himself on the pitch.

Confidence is a huge factor in football, no matter your talent. Alexis Sánchez, for example, is one of the most gifted players on the planet, but with his confidence reaching rock bottom, he is playing well within himself and looks lost at times out there. Fred has been similar this season and looked a completely different player from what his team-mates and fans had thought when first acquiring him from Shakhtar Donetsk.

That was until the Miracle in Paris. With very little belief from all around Manchester United that they had the knowhow and tools to overturn their 2-0 deficit suffered in the first leg, they were written off before a ball had been kicked. Suffering from nine injuries and a suspension to Paul Pogba, the Red Devils had a severely weakened side.

Like his team-mates around him, Fred rose to the occasion. Unbothered by the players on the opposite team, the Brazilian made his breakthrough performance for Manchester United – and what a time to have made it.

From what fans have seen this season, Fred has looked panicked when on the ball in the Premier League. As if he is running out of time to make the pass or beat his man and is petrified of making a mistake and losing possession. He has not slotted in as well as some would have hoped and has been poor in both an offensive and defensive manner.

Yet, against PSG, arguably United’s biggest game of the season at present, Fred rediscovered what it was that the club first saw in him. His desire and restlessness was clear throughout the 90 minutes, in which he screened the defence almost perfectly and distributed the ball with clarity. There were no rushed passes or positional errors, just calculated moments of play that helped United take charge of the midfield battle in the second half.

Fred is not known for his defensive qualities and is more of a box-to-box midfielder, but he showed his prowess in front of his two, sometimes three, central defenders when thwarting danger.

There was a moment when the Brazilian was in a one-on-one situation with Kylian Mbappé which would have sounded alarm bells to many United fans. Instead of diving in against the French wizard, Fred stood his ground and waited for the attacker to make his move. When Mbappé did just that, Fred was wise to the piece of trickery, quickly cut it out at source and started a counter-attack. It embodied the player people had seen at Shakhtar.

After the game, Fred told ESPN: “Ole has helped me a lot. He had a lot of chats with me. [Carrick] also speaks to me a lot. That brings me calm that things will turn around for me.

“I’m very, very happy. My confidence is getting better.”

And that is all it is for Fred. He has the ability, he has the talent and he has the desire and hunger to make it work at Manchester United. His celebrations in Paris encompassed his feelings towards the club and how much he wants it to work out there. Fred might just have had his turning point as a Red Devil.