In Focus: Fred can be defensive anchor in Manchester United midfield

As reported by The Daily Record, Manchester United are considering making an offer for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.

What’s the story?

With the January transfer window hotting up, the biggest and best clubs around Europe are on the hunt for elite talents that can improve their squad in the second half of the season when major silverware is up for grabs.

Manchester United are no different and it seems that Jose Mourinho is planning to prioritise his central midfield areas.

The Daily Record report that the Portuguese is hoping to bring in Brazilian international Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The paper say Mourinho is planning the future direction of the Red Devils’ midfield with the futures of Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick in doubt at Old Trafford.

Rated at £17.1m by Transfermarkt, is he the right man to partner the likes of Paul Pogba?

Anchor man

Pogba has been effective this season but arguably doesn’t have the midfield freedom to truly focus on supporting the Manchester United attack first and foremost.

Bringing in a player like Fred would certainly go a long way to solving that problem, his style of play focusing on winning back the ball and protecting his side’s defensive line.

He has plenty of experience under his belt despite being just 24 years of age and was integral to the Ukrainian’s progress to the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League this season.

He could be a perfect accompaniment to the French international and forge a successful career at Old Trafford, especially with ageing defensive minded midfielders potentially on their way out of the club.

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