Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has hailed Fred as a ‘wonderful’ boy and said that was the only thing he could say about the Brazilian despite hearing a lot about him from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fred was a regular starter under Solskjaer during his two and a half years stay at Old Trafford.
Following the Norwegian’s sacking two weekends ago, Michael Carrick became the caretaker manager and Fred was still a vital player in Carrick’s run of three games unbeaten.
Ralf Rangnick managed his first Manchester United game and still included Fred in his starting lineup.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder would score the only goal against Crystal Palace to ensure Rangnick gets off to a winning start in his Man United career.
After the match, the former RB Leipzig manager was full of praise for the midfielder, insisting that it feels great to have him in his squad.
“This is one thing I can say even after two days I’ve heard a lot about him from Ole. Right now I can only say it’s great to have a boy like him in the team.”
Fred’s superb strike was from outside the penalty box but was surprised Rangnick the most was that the Brazil international did that with his weaker foot.
The Man United interim boss had to ask McKenna, his assistant manager, if Fred’s strike was from his right foot as he never knew the central midfielder could produce such an accurate strike with his right foot.
“I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred’s right foot,” Rangnick said. “I thought he could only shoot with his left! I’m happy for him.”