United are on the verge of signing Van de Beek, 23, in a £40million deal from Ajax after he passed a medical in the Netherlands and agreed personal terms.
Van de Beek can play at the apex or base of midfield and, with Bruno Fernandes established as United’s playmaker, the expectation is Van de Beek will occupy the number six role Fred played in at the end of last season.
Despite the imminent arrival of Van de Beek and speculation surrounding a move to Galatasaray, the MEN understands there has been no dialogue between Fred’s representatives and United over immediate plans for his future and he is happy at the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favoured Fred over Nemanja Matic, who started in 16 of the last 19 Premier League matches, in United’s Europa League quarter-final and semi-final ties against Copenhagen and Sevilla and the Brazilian enjoys a warm rapport with the United manager.
Fred, 27, joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m in 2018 and after a torrid first season was one of their standout performers in 2019-20, making 39 starts. Only Harry Maguire, David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, and Anthony Martial lined up more often.
Fred is contracted to United until 2023 and the club has the option of an additional year. United recently tied down fellow midfielders Matic and Scott McTominay on new contracts and are prepared to offer Paul Pogba improved terms. James Garner is waiting for a loan move to be finalised for next season.