Man Utd boss Solskjaer explains why Fred is starting ahead of Pogba and Van de Beek

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he has been starting Fred ahead of others in midfield since the international break. The fitness and sharpness has given the Brazilian the edge over the likes of Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek.

Fred has impressed since coming into the side for the win at Newcastle.

Playing alongside Scott McTominay he has followed that up with an impressive performance in the Champions League win at PSG and the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.

The Brazilian could start again this evening against RB Leipzig as Solskjaer looks for the winning formula.

“He’s a very valuable player of the squad,” Solskjaer said.

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“A great boy to have in and around the team, and very positive and his performances on the pitch have been very positive when he’s been on.

“He’s getting better and better and more used to the Premier League but his fitness and sharpness is very important for us in midfield alongside Scott.

“They’ve had some fantastic games.”

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There has been lots of criticism of the decision to sign Van de Beek from Ajax in the summer with the midfielder yet to start a game for his new club.

Solskjaer has insisted Van de Beek will get his chance though, saying: “When players come into a new team, a new league it’s always going to be a time that he adapts.

“When Donny has played, he’s played really well. It says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him every game. It also says everything about our ambitions.

“Donny is going to play a big big part this year. I know at the moment the topic is Donny van de Beek.

“It’s nice for some players and commentators to have a little go, but you have to know that you don’t have to start the first three games to be a very important player in the squad.

“He’s going to be important, don’t worry about that.”

United take on RB Leipzig this evening from 8pm as they look to make it two wins on the bounce in the Champions League.

After that the Red Devils face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

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