Dimitar Berbatov names Manchester United’s player of the season

Berbatov named Fred as United’s player of the season (Picture: Getty)

Dimitar Berbatov hailed Fred for ‘turning it around’ at Manchester United and branded him the club’s player of the season.

After a rocky start to life at Old Trafford, the Brazilian has become a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the heart of the Manchester United midfield.

Berbatov compared his rise to that of Moussa Sissoko at Spurs – another player who was maligned in his early days after arriving on the back of a hefty transfer fee before showing marked improvement on the pitch.

And he now feels Fred has improved so much, that he has been United’s standout performer this season.

‘At first, Fred had a difficult time at United, getting used to the tempo, with the speed of the games and the challenges’ Berbatov told Betfair.

‘It’s not easy, coming from a different league, and sometimes he spent too much time on the ball and lost possession easily. Slowly but surely, however, his game has changed and he has become used to the Premier League.

Fred has improved drastically under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

‘Fred’s improvement reminds me of how Moussa Sissoko started at Spurs, people didn’t rate him but now he’s player of the season already and the fans love him. Patience pays off and, like Sissoko, Fred is proving that he has turned it around.

‘He isn’t getting much attention because Bruno Fernandes is still in the spotlight and Pogba is fit again, but Fred has his place there in midfield and if he is happy to not have the headlines but play regularly, I think he will take that.

‘If you are an attacking player and you know that someone has your back, you are going to go forward freely and not be afraid to lose the ball.

‘When you know you have Fred covering your back and you speak before the game, and have that understanding that your team mate will be there for you, it makes it much easier as an attacking player to take risks and play those passes that can cause a lot of trouble.’

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