Throughout his tumultuous career at Manchester United, Fred has remained a consistent member of the Brazil national team. Despite facing challenges and criticisms from both fans and critics, Fred's loyalty to the Selecao has been unwavering. However, those who have seen him play for the Selecao would note that he plays a distinctly different role on the field, with greater freedom to venture forward.
This stylistic variation owes much to the presence of Casemiro, an elite defensive midfielder who plays a vital role in the successes of Real Madrid. Casemiro has been the key to unlocking Fred's potential as a more offensive-minded midfielder, providing him with a solid defensive foundation to build upon. With Casemiro now joining Manchester United, the two players' international partnership is being replicated at club level, offering exciting prospects for the team.
It did take some time for Fred to re-establish his partnership with Casemiro at Manchester United, as the excellent performances of Christian Eriksen made it difficult for the pair to play together. Eriksen's creative abilities were simply too good to leave out, and he was the preferred choice in midfield. However, Fred's determination and hard work have paid off, as he has managed to shine this season, even outscoring some of his more prolific teammates.
In fact, only Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have scored more goals for the club than Fred so far this season. This is a testament to Fred's growth as a player and his willingness to adapt to the demands of his position. He has shown a great deal of versatility, being equally adept at breaking up play and starting counter-attacks, as well as creating chances and scoring goals himself.
This weekend, Casemiro and Fred are likely to feature in a match against Liverpool, offering another opportunity for Fred to prove his worth as a first-choice player. Despite the looming presence of Marcel Sabitzer and the eventual return of Eriksen, this partnership has already proven to be successful and is currently the best option available to the team.
While Manchester United is expected to sign another midfielder in the summer, the Casemiro-Fred partnership has already demonstrated its effectiveness on the field. It is a partnership that provides a solid foundation for the team, allowing them to play with greater fluidity and creativity. If they can continue to work together and build on their successes, there is no doubt that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
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