Michael Carrick has sent Ralf Rangnick a £ 47m Christmas present to repair Manchester United midfield – Mike Parrott

Manchester United have said goodbye to the short but eventful Michael Carrick era.

The interim manager to the interim manager had an unbeaten run, beating Villarreal and Arsenal, while also playing a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Carrick secured United’s first place in their UEFA Champions League group, finally beating Mikel Arteta and the bogey team that has been Arsenal in recent years and keeping the Premier League leaders at a distance. Not bad.

Another achievement Carrick managed during a week-long run, however, was finding a gem that will only thrive in the future under Ralf Rangnick.

The performance in question is the Brazilian midfielder and once polarizing United player; Peace.

Fred has been seen by many fans as an imperceptible player since joining United in 2018 from Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, Fred never really played his natural role under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Fred would regularly be played as the deepest midfielder in the double focal point, essentially as United’s defensive midfielder.

Fred, who was asked to play deeper, undoubtedly took away his best move. His ability to constantly harass any opposition midfielder without worrying about his position was severely hampered. Not to mention his ability to play a killer pass into the final third was not as prominent as he had to play deeper.

During Michael Carrick’s short stint, we saw a Peace we have seen for the Brazilian national team. Fred has been given the freedom to play higher up the pitch, more like a traditional box-to-box midfielder.

Two assists against Arsenal came to the Brazilian and he probably should have had one against Villarreal as well. That moment was when he harassed the Villarreal defender to slowly send the ball back to the goalkeeper so Cristiano Ronaldo could throw the ball and stick the ball home.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 2: Peace from Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 2, 2021 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)
Fred has been in great shape recently

It was his first assists of the season and as his overall Manchester United assist number is now at ten, an improvement of 20% is insane due to a small adjustment made by Carrick.

Fred will not be asked to create many goals and assists, but Ralf Rangnick has had great success with players cut from the same fabric while managing RB Leipzig.

Naby Keita is easily the best comparison. A hard-working, harassing midfielder who could dribble with the best of them and had a similar ability to play a deadly pass. Although Rangnick never personally managed Keita, he was the man behind bringing him to both RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig, demanding £ 54 million from Liverpool for his services.

Marcel Sabitzer could also be an appropriate comparison. In Rangnick’s season leading RB Leipzig in 2018/19, Sabitzer scored five goals and six assists. Not numbers that jump out of the screen, but significant numbers for a midfielder who was not tasked with scoring a sea of ​​goals.

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With Fred, we have seen that he can handle it. People joke with his long-range shooting, but his goal-scoring efforts were not so bad back in Ukraine. Five of his 15 goals at Shakhtar came off the field, while the other ten were goals after he came into the field late.

With the full confidence of a manager like Rangnick who will play him in his natural position, it should not be ruled out that Fred could repeat his goal scoring and passes again.

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