Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds talks with Man Utd star Fred to tell him one thing


Fred struggled to live up to his £52million price tag in his first season for Manchester United but the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has reassured the player he is still in his first-team plans.

The Norwegian is looking to strengthen his squad this summer after United missed out on Champions League football when they finished sixth in the Premier League last season.

Fred only managed 17 Premier League appearances in their 2018/19 campaign and only found the back of the net once as he battled to find form.

However, Solskjaer is ready to do what he can to help Fred adjust to the pace of the game in England, according to The Sun, with the manager hopeful the 26-year-old can make a big impact in their upcoming campaign.

It is understood that several teams across Europe have enquired about taking the Brazil international on loan this summer, but all approaches have been rejected by United.

“Ole has held a couple of telephone conversations with Fred over the last few weeks,” An Old Trafford source told The Sun.

“He wants to repay the manager’s faith.

“There has been some interest but everyone fully thinks he’ll come good.

“He’s been doing some private fitness work to help him get stronger, keeping to the schedule he was handed.”

The turnstiles at Old Trafford have been busy during this summer window, following the arrival of Daniel James for £15m from Championship side Swansea followed by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s £50m move from Crystal Palace.

However, Solskjaer will be without midfielder Ander Herrera after the Spaniard left on a free to join Paris Saint-Germain.

One player Solskjaer hopes the club can secure is Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

Last season the Red Devils conceded 54 goals in the league, which was their highest total in 40 years and the manager has tasked the United board with signing a world-class defender to add to his new-look squad.

Although Maguire signed a five-year £75,000-a-week deal with Leicester last September, the centre-back is understood to have expressed a desire to leave the King Power stadium.

However, according to Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers the club’s valuation of Maguire has not been met. It is believed the Foxes want a world-record fee for the England international and are using the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75million 18 months ago as a barometer for their price.

Rodgers said: ”Harry’s a top quality player and no-one has come near the valuation to tempt the club to sell.”


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