Can Fred fill the Frenkie de Jong role in Ten Hag’s Manchester United side?

Could Fred play Frenkie de Jong in Ten Hag for Manchester United?

Eric Ten Hag discusses Fred’s performance in his new role for Manchester United.

With very few great midfielders at Manchester United at the moment, Erich Ten Hag has tasked Fred with playing the ‘communication’ role, linking defense and attack as the deepest midfielder.

That is the role Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with Manchester United for much of the summer, is expected to play if he moves to Old Trafford.

However, as evidenced by the latest status update, de Jong does not appear to be at all keen on swapping Barcelona for Manchester:

Therefore, Manchester United may have to start 2022/23 with Fred in the role of De Jong.

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But how well did he perform there? Well, Ten Hag said this about the Brazilian on Friday:

“The moment he plays the role of a go-between, he defends the attack,” Tin Hag said. “He plays the role well. I am satisfied with his performance and his improvement.

“I think he could be better. I will support him in that. He also brings energy into the team with his attitude.”

He added about Manchester United’s match with Aston Villa on Saturday:

“We have the intention to play great football, just one thing, we have an opponent every time – and they don’t cooperate,” he said.

“So it comes down to our philosophy first, we want to play proactive football, attacking football, and I know the opponent tomorrow will be tough – it’s a great test. In that sense, Perth is really fortunate.”

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