There has certainly been a ‘feel good’ factor at Manchester United this calendar year.
The club achieved Champions League qualification after a stellar run-in to end the season, winning nine of their final fourteen Premier League games, remaining undefeated during this time. Although the campaign wasn’t capped off with the FA Cup trophy, United could still get their hands on the Europa League, but either way, a third place finish is worthy of celebration.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-full year in charge can be categorised as a success, with his rebuild taking serious shape. This has been recognised by all those involved with the club, including the players themselves.
One man who that recently been reflecting on the season has been Fred. Speaking to the club’s official site, he has said: “The team have been on a really good trajectory.
“We’ve had some wobbles, some ups and downs, which is normal during such a long season, but we managed to maintain a great run of form. That was really important for the team and in our fight for a Champions League place.Embed from Getty Images
“I’m sure our squad will be mentally stronger after this season. It’s been an atypical season with all that’s happened, so next season I’m sure we’ll be strengthened mentally and we’ll look to win all the competitions we’re in.”
This sense of optimism looking ahead to the next campaign is certainly widespread, with the team only destined to get stronger this summer. Investment will be made and any new recruits will be welcomed to bolster out the squad’s quality in numbers.
Fred’s expectations are certainly high though. “I’m sure we’re capable of doing this, we’ve got a great squad and we’ll go for it. There’s the Premier League, we’ll be in the Champions League and also the cups so we’ll do everything to win as many trophies as possible for Manchester United” he continued to say.
Such a mindset has seen the Brazilian kick on in his United career this season. After a difficult debut campaign, the 27-year-old has looked much more composed in the middle of the park, establishing himself as a trusted member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Fred went on to address his development, stating that he has been ‘happy’ with his performances this season. The midfielder has been symbolic of United’s changed fortunes over the past twelve months – after a chaotic start, he has looked much more settled, just like his playing environment.