Cape Town - Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer has assured midfielder Fred that he remains part of his plans at Old
The Brazilian has made just two starts under the Norwegian
since he took over from Jose Mourinho in mid-December and was substituted in
both of those games.
The 25-year-old has failed to impress since his £53 million
switch from Shakhtar Donetsk and made just six league starts under Mourinho
before the Portuguese tactician was sacked.
Solskjaer's appointment offered Fred a chance to revive his
Old Trafford career but the midfielder missed United's week-long trip to Dubai
in January to attend the birth of his first child.
That has led to a stop-start introduction to life under Solskjaer
and Metro.co.uk reports that the United interim boss felt a need to discuss the
The report states that Solskjaer stressed to Fred that he is
happy with his performance levels in training and that he will not be short on
opportunities to impress in the remainder of the season.
The Brazil international was also said to have been
heartened by Solskjaer's words and is hoping to prove his worth in the
remainder of the season.
Indeed, Fred's chances of some action have also been boosted
by Marouane Fellaini's departure to China, although Nemanja Matic and Ander
Herrera remain as Solskjaer's preferred partnership centrally, with Paul Pogba
in an attacking role ahead of that defensive base.