Manchester United midfielder Fred says having someone like Michael Carrick to work with on a daily basis has had a hugely positive impact on his game and specifically his positional sense.
The Brazil international would be the first to admit that it has taken him longer to adapt to the frenetic pace of the Premier League than he and the club would have expected.
Fred made just 25 United appearances in his debut season but has already exceeded that tally by 10 as he looks to cement his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI.
And after scoring a brace in the Red Devils' 5-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa League, Fred paid tribute to former United midfielder turned coach Carrick.
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“Michael Carrick helps me a lot day-to-day,” he told UnitedPeoplesTV. “We always talk and he tries to help me with my positioning on the field. He's someone who always talks to me, which is important for adapting my football to the Premier League.
“When I arrived, I would control the ball in midfield and then one or two opposition players would come along and I'd be knocked off the ball. Now I can understand the game better, knowing that I have to be quicker and stronger.
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“So Carrick helps me day-to-day, keeping me calm. We do some one-on-one training, so he's someone who influences me a lot at the club.”
Solskjaer recently stated that he believes Fred's improved grasp of English has helped him to integrate better and understand his team-mates more both on and off the pitch.
And the 26-year-old revealed he is relishing playing further forward in a position which gives more a freedom to express himself, like he did at previous club Shakhtar Donetsk.
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“I think my ideal position is to join the attack a bit more like I did at Shakhtar,” Fred added. “I played more as a box-to-box midfielder, so I played a little bit further forward.
“Here, all teams play compact [compared to Ukraine]. Other teams make it harder to get near the penalty area to shoot and to get into scoring positions. It's a bit different.
“But I think [box-to-box] is my ideal position. I'm playing well and getting better every day.”
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