Having signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2018, Fred endured a difficult first season at Manchester United.
The Brazil international managed just 25 appearances across all competitions last season, and his future at the club was in doubt earlier this summer. Reports had suggested the midfielder could be set for a loan move to Turkey, but a deal failed to materialise by the end of the transfer window.
After being handed his first start of the new season against Astana in the Europa League, Fred delivered a performance that reminded the club just why they splashed the cash on him in the first place.
The 26-year-old led the team in touches (154), passes (137) and accurate long balls (11), as he dictated the game from the middle of the park.
After seeing the Brazilian’s display, United fans took to Twitter to hail the former Shakhtar star.
Many Red Devils supporters hailed him for always wanting to receive possession, and revealed they expect him to come good over the course of the season.
Check out some of the reaction of United fans below:
Just finished watching the Manchester United game from last night, Fred must start against West Ham he was excellent ??
— Aidan Walsh (@AidanWalshMUFC) September 20, 2019
He was on fire yesterday, so was Rojo
— Muzvare Nyakudirwa (@imnyaku) September 20, 2019
Perfect game for him to come in 90mins kept it simple… always looking for the ball that’s what we wanted… expecting fred to come good this season
— man utd (@doyler6666666) September 19, 2019
Fred was excellent last night he should start on sunday against west ham mufc
— Jazzers (@JamesLeahy007) September 20, 2019
— Maxwel_ (@MaxwelUtd) September 20, 2019
Fred is our best midfielder other than Pogba. Tenasious!!! great movement, breaking the lines in passing, tackling and interceptions. Only player who has the movement and defense attributes needed in our midfield. #mufc
— Tameez Abdool Sattar (@TameezSattar) September 20, 2019
— Archie (@Utd_007) September 20, 2019
Oh, and that Fred fella is looking more like the Shakhtar Donestk midfielder the more he plays. Quality performance.
— Mikey (@Prime_MUFC) September 19, 2019