That's a big part of the issue, his cost and age. He's our 4th (?) Most expensive ever signing and he's nearly 26, that does mean that there's more expectation than a youngster coming. He's been very poor, I don't think there's anyone who can deny that. The problem I see now, is that he's been so poor, I can't see how we can give him matches in such an important position in order to 'get up to speed'. We have Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Andreas, Fellaini all there, and McTominey if we are desperate. But I can't see how it can be justified in him starting ahead of at least 4, probably 5 midfielders. There are no more easy games, or getting to know the playeys games. OGS has to play his best players to win matches and try and get fourth. Based on what we have seen, Fred is not a first team player at this time, and should not be in a match day 18. There's often a tendancy of the Caf to want to send players out on loan, and it's mostly unjustified (see Rashford), but a loan to a PL (has to be PL) could be a good option to the end of the season, otherwise we have a £52m player, who I honestly can't see playing more than a handful of games for the rest of the season.