Fred believes he is slowly overcoming his struggles to adapt to English football and will prove he belongs at Manchester United.

The Brazil midfielder made only his second Premier League start of the season in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

Fred’s troubles have invited comparisons with the problems his compatriot, Klebersen, had adapting to life at Old Trafford in 2003 before his departure after just two seasons.

But Fred – a £52 million recruit from Shakhtar Donetsk last year and the fifth most expensive footballer in United’s history – is determined not to end up the same way.