Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dropped the proverbial bombshell when he announced that Fred will replace Paul Pogba.
As Ole Gunnar Solskajer attended his sides pre-match press conference, in the build-up to the Carabao Cup match with Chelsea.
Speaking to the clubs official website manutd.com, he made some quite interesting announcements.
The Manchester United manager is enjoying at least a mini resurgence in form. But is having to cope with some injury headaches in the process.
One of which is the considerable absence of midfield maestro Paul Pogba.
While Pogab has been far from his influential and talismanic best so far this season, on his day he is a world-beater.
The Brazilian signed for over 50 million from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, has taken a lot of harsh criticism.
However, his last performance against Norwich was extremely positive, and his manager is focusing on that.
It was no surprise when Solskjaer announced that for the upcoming Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea, there would be several youngsters getting their big chance.
“You’ll probably see the two of them [Garner and Williams].”
But the bombshell came when he turned his attention to Fred.
“Fred will probably take Paul’s position for a while now.”
“He’s been brilliant for us.”
He was full of praise for Andreas Pereira too.
“Andreas has grown the last few games.”
“His energy and running, chasing – he’s a different sort of no.10, he can play also in the central positions.”
“So I’m delighted for Andreas – great professional, great attitude.”
“He does his job to the best of his abilities.”
He knows it has been a difficult time for his team, but he is an old school believer in being thrown in at the deep end.
“We know it’s been tough and we know that we’ve asked a lot of them because of Paul, Luke, Anthony.”
“There are loads of other players that have been injured.”
“For us, the youngsters have stepped up in a difficult period. But in the end, they’ll be stronger for it.”
There will have been some that scratched their heads in disbelief at his comments.
But Solskjaer was serious, and obviously sees something in the player that can help the cause.
If for nothing else in the short term at least.