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Fred believes Manchester United are improved as a team

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In addition to qualifying for the Champions League, Manchester United managed to make it three semi-final appearances in the 2019/20 season.

For teams in transition, it is the positives that matter. Manchester United have been in transition for the last decade, ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left. 

However, it seems they have an able caretaker at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is everything that his predecessors were not. 

The club’s performances have improved and the Red Devils finished third in Premier League in his first complete season. In addition, the club also managed to make it to three semi-finals in cup competitions. 

While many have questioned United’s aptitude, midfielder Fred believes it is a sign of good things to come. He admitted that the mood would have been better had they added silverware but this should not discount the forward steps taken.

“We can’t say it was a good one, because we didn’t win a trophy,” the Brazilian told FFT. “For a club like Manchester United, it’s not a good season without a title.

“We managed to reach three semi-finals but lost them all. We were close to our goals, but they just didn’t come our way – I was really confident that we would win something, but it didn’t happen.

“At least we managed to play good football at times during the campaign, and qualifying for the Champions League was very important because this club must be in that competition. It was crucial to get our place back, but that alone isn’t enough: we want to fight for that title, too.

“The good thing is that we’re improving as a team and I think we’re heading in the right direction. Trophies will come our way soon.”

Manchester United were given an extra week off due to their UEFA Europa League semi-final appearance. They begin the 2020/21 Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on September 19.