Fred is reportedly ready to fight for his place at Manchester United despite the impending arrival of Donny van de Beek.

Dutch international Van de Beek is on the verge of a £40million move from Ajax after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

The 23-year-old can play in a more defensive midfield position or at the apex and this could leave Fred struggling for game time next season.

That said, the Brazilian has started 16 of United’s last 19 Premier League matches and has often been favoured over Nemanja Matic.

But it could be Fred who is now sacrificed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba already taking up the other midfield spots.

Fred is happy at Man Utd
Fred is happy at Man Utd

However, according to the MEN , the 27-year-old is happy at Old Trafford and has no intention of being sold.

The report claims that there has been no dialogue between Fred's representatives and United over immediate plans for his future, despite the news regarding Van de Beek.

It seemed like Fred would be shipped out soon after arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m in 2018 after he made a woeful start to his United career.

Donny van de Beek's arrival at Man Utd could see Fred play less
Donny van de Beek's arrival at Man Utd could see Fred play less

But he knuckled down and fought for his place, eventually winning over Solskjaer to the point where he trusted him in big games.

Indeed Fred was one of standout performers of last season, making 39 starts overall.

Only Harry Maguire, David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, and Anthony Martial lined up for the Red Devils more often.

Fred is contracted to United until 2023 and the club has the option of an additional year so it will be interesting to seen what happens next term.

It may be that the Brazilian sticks around but with Matic and Scott McTominay only just signing extensions to their contracts, it could still be Fred who is sacrificed.

The midfielder was made 73 appearances for United in his two seasons at the club, scoring three goals.