Mid­field duo lift­ing United

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By DO­MINIC BOOTH

UNITED mid­fielder Fred is en­joy­ing play­ing along­side Scott McTom­i­nay as their part­ner­ship con­tin­ues to blos­som.

The pair started in cen­tral mid­field for the Reds against both Tot­ten­ham and City and both per­formed well in the two vic­to­ries.

Fred, who en­dured a dif­fi­cult start to his United ca­reer, has now started the last nine Pre­mier League games and has been lauded by Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer for his im­prove­ment.

He re­vealed the morale in the United squad is sky-high af­ter the two tri­umphs, which have moved the Reds to within five points of the top four.

“We’re play­ing well to­gether, do­ing very good games,” Fred said. “It’s nice to play with him and we can help United to win.

“Satur­day was an im­por­tant win for us. We’re all very happy, this win cheers us up. I’m sure from now we can rise up the ta­ble, but we have to fo­cus and try to win all the games, not just the big ones.”

Fred claims the cur­rent United side is the fastest he’s been part of.

The pace of Daniel

James, Mar­cus Rash­ford and An­thony Mar­tial helped Sol­sk­jaer’s men stun City in the open­ing half hour as the trio con­nected well with Fred, McTom­i­nay and No. 10 Jesse Lin­gard.

“We know how to ex­plore this, it’s a very fast team,” added Fred. “The fastest I have played in. It’s ex­cit­ing. We can make the ball to get to Rash­ford, Antony, DJ and then they can score.

“They can get even faster on the coun­ter­at­tack if I can get them the ball quicker. This is my goal, make the ball to get there even quicker. We did that in the first half, that’s where we won the game.”

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