Manchester United midfielder Fred was one of the few players for the Red Devils who came out with his reputation intact following the defeat to Liverpool last night.
The Brazilian was a one-man army in the middle of the park at times and caused the opponents a number of problems by winning possession and breaking from deep areas.
Supporters on Twitter have recognised that Fred deserved better than to be on the wrong end of the scoreline:
Best game in a United shirt. Hope he continues improving because he’s been trending upwards now for a while and he’ll be massive for us.
— Dean Turner (@deanoturner) 19 January 2020
My man of the match by a mile.
— isaac (@IsaacWardd) 19 January 2020
Only respectable player in the team
— C (@MG26i) 19 January 2020
Like trying to bail out the Titanic with a leaky bucket. Admire the effort but it's pointless when the ship is sinking
— Christopher A. McKay (@thegingeroneni) 19 January 2020
He’s the only guy that deserves to be proud of his performance
— Pastor Frederico 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@Zudamiea) 19 January 2020
I'm shocked to see him thrive to this level after last season's performance! what a growth!
Crazy performance by him!
— Darshan Singhvi (@SinghviDarshan) 19 January 2020
Fred was the only positive of this match!! I
— Hangsing (@Siampersie) 19 January 2020
This guy has been the spark in our midfield all season …👍🏾👍🏾
— Mr.Rebel (@ocj264) 19 January 2020
Best player we had today
— jack lyons (@lyonsjack5) 19 January 2020
What a player
— مانشستر. (@KWMUFC14) 19 January 2020
Outstanding again today. Best player on the pitch.
— Paul Yandle (@PaulYandle) 19 January 2020
The 26-year-old has turned around his Old Trafford career after being written off as an expensive failure following a disappointing first season with United.
Fred still needs to improve his consistency but it’s a huge improvement on the performances that saw him pilloried by pundits and fans alike during the early stages of his time at the club. He now needs to kick on in the absence of the injured Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba in order to make himself hard to drop.