Owen Hargreaves claims Manchester United midfielder Fred needs only to add goals to his game to become the “perfect” player at Old Trafford.
Fred has been one of the standout performers for United this season, after a difficult start to his career in England.
Jose Mourinho signed the Brazilian for £52million in his final summer at the club, but Fred struggled to adapt to the Premier League in a difficult period at the club.
But Hargreaves has been impressed by Fred’s performances this season and claims if he can add goals to his game, he will be the “perfect” player.
“He’s a complete midfield player but if he can add goals to his game then he’ll be the perfect midfield player,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.
“In possession he’s very good, out of possession he’s really aggressive and now the players around him are functioning which is a really good sign.
“I think because they paid £50m for Fred and he’s Brazilian that people thought he was a no. 10 but he isn’t.
“He’s not a goalscorer and he’s not really creative but what he is is a really good midfield player. He’s two-footed and now we’re seeing the player that was at Shakhtar, where in the Champions League he put in some brilliant performances against the best teams.
“In possession he’s really good. He’s energetic without the ball and now with Matic as a sitter Fred can be box-to-box, before he was too high and sometimes too deep but now this is a midfield three [Matic, Fred, Fernandes]] it’s balanced, everyone feels comfortable.”
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