According to a report from The Sun, Galatasaray considers Manchester United midfielder Fred as a top transfer priority for the club. They aim to strengthen their midfield options during this summer transfer window.
Fred’s Season With Manchester United
The Brazilian international experienced a season of mixed emotions at Old Trafford as he faced challenges with his form throughout the campaign. To his credit, he scored five goals and provided three assists in 50 appearances for the Red Devils across various competitions.
However, the Belo Horizonte-born talent fell short of meeting expectations, as he only averaged 1.3 tackles, 0.7 shots, 0.9 key passes, and 0.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League. Nevertheless, he displayed efficiency in ball distribution, completing 80.3% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (stats via whoscored). While he showed glimpses of his abilities, there were also areas where he struggled to make a significant impact.
Should Erik Ten Hag Approve His Departure or Retain Him at Old Trafford for Another Season?
One of Fred’s most notable strengths lies in his tenacious ball-winning abilities. He consistently disrupts opponents’ attacks with impressive anticipation and agility through well-timed tackles and interceptions. Despite his defensive prowess, Fred is also a proficient ball distributor. However, last season saw the Brazilian international experience a dip in form, leading to scrutiny and criticism.
While Fred showcased tremendous consistency in previous campaigns, last season’s performance fell short of expectations. Nonetheless, he remains a skilled midfielder with the potential to excel at a high level.
At 30 years old, Fred is currently in his prime, offering the possibility of contributing significantly to Manchester United’s midfield for a few more years should he regain his confidence on the field. However, Erik Ten Hag aims to overhaul the squad, and with only a year left on his contract, selling Fred this summer would make practical sense.
Considering all aspects, Ten Hag could likely find a suitable replacement for Fred in the transfer market, and it would be advantageous for Fred to seek regular playing time elsewhere by exiting the club.