Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back from their Europa League disappointment when they face Brighton in the FA Cup on Sunday. The Red Devils suffered a dismal defeat away to Sevilla on Thursday evening, leading to rumours that manager Erik ten Hag is planning a major clear-out at Old Trafford this summer.
However, they will have to overcome a Brighton side who have regularly got the better of them, notably winning 2-1 in Ten Hag’s first game in charge back in August. A major boost for United will be the return of Bruno Fernandes from suspension, with the Portugal international having been sorely missed against Sevilla.
One player who could potentially join Fernandes in the starting line-up is Fred. The Brazilian midfielder has been on the periphery of the squad since the 7-0 defeat to Liverpool in January, failing to start a single Premier League game since. However, he could provide a fresh injection of energy and work ethic to Ten Hag’s midfield.
Despite speculation that Fred could be sold this summer, he could still represent a short-term solution for the Red Devils. He has previously been described as a “team player” who “puts in every effort that he has,” according to interim boss Ralf Rangnick. With United needing a win against Brighton, Fred’s inclusion in the starting XI could help turn their recent fortunes around.