Top Manchester United star claims he was treated as a flop in his first season. Could this be a lesson for Kai Havertz and Timo Werner?

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Manchester United signed Fred for £52m from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018. The Brazilian failed to perform in his first year at the club, and there were already talks about a likely sale.

Fred was labelled as a flop not only by the media but by fans as well. But the Brazilian has since gained form and has been a top player in the Manchester United midfield since last season.

Fred has looked back at how he was criticised by fans and pundits last season as he recently said: “I suffered a lot with my first season, even for the amount they paid.

“You come with a high expectation; it turns out that if you don’t play all the games well, you will be criticised. I suffered a lot of criticism from the press and the fans, but I always kept motivating myself, working.

“I never dropped the shuttlecock. I was even treated like a ‘flop’, but I kept working my best.”

This brings me to the topic of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. The duo have been heavily criticised since their big money move from the Bundesliga.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has asked for time to be given to the duo, and indeed they need time to regain back too form.

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