Fred Open to New Manchester United Contract After Turnaround in Form

Fred, who has rediscovered his form at Manchester United after a difficult first season, is ready to sign a contract extension. The Brazilian international, whose current deal expires in 2023, is now 'settled' in the north-west, and wants to stay at United for the foreseeable future.

The Brazilian was signed from Shakhtar Donetsk for £54m in July 2018, back when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the Red Devils. He initially struggled at the club - and made just 17 league appearances in the debut season.

He has found his form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer though, and has made his way into the starting lineup on 23 different occasions in the Premier League this season.

Fred celebrates his goal against Club Brugge in the Europa League

According to the Sun, Fred is willing to sign a contract extension at Manchester United and wants an increase on his £130,000 a-week wage.

Framed a different way, the story could read: 'Fred wants to take advantage of finally looking like the player the club signed in the first place by getting a pay rise,' because with three years remaining on his current deal, the club aren't in any danger of losing him.

A source close to the player told the tabloid: "There was no doubt to Fred's ability, but he found it difficult in the beginning. He has properly settled now - that includes his young family. He knows he has the full backing of Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]. United were happy to hear Fred sees himself here for a long-time - things have come full circle."

With the player clearly happy to remain at the club, the Red Devils aren't in any kind of rush to begin contract negotiations, but talks between the two parties are expected to open before the end of the year.

Fred has the full-backing of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Fred's upturn in form coincided with a series of conversations between him Solskjaer, as the Norwegian tactician looked to boost the 27-year-old's confidence and improve his form.

Source : 90min