BRAZIL star Fred could return to Manchester United with a slim new look this month.
That’s because he is losing up to three kilograms a GAME at the World Cup with his “absurd” work rate.
Fred, 29, has been putting in a shift-and-a-half for his country in Qatar.
The Brazil ace has clocked up the miles in wins over Serbia and Switzerland.
That's with temperatures of over 30C, and humidity also at an uncomfortable 60 per cent.
But because of the weather, coupled with his intense running, Fred is dropping a huge amount of weight every time he plays.
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Brazil physio Guilherme Passos notes that Fred is the lightest player in Tite’s squad, weighing in at 67kg.
But his intensity in games, as well as training sessions, is seeing that figure fluctuate wildly.
Brazil are now making sure Fred receives adequate light work to make sure he does not overload his system.
And the United ace is also getting some extra grub to replenish after gruelling matches.
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Passos said: “He has an absurd work rate, very high.
“We had a match in the Copa America where he covered 12km. He’s always our top one, top two in volume, in distance covered.
“In work rate, which means that he is all the time running through the field at high speed and moderate speed.”
Another Brazil fitness coach, Fabio Mahseradjian, added: “Fred is a very mobile and typically endurance athlete.
“He’s not as fast as [Gabriel] Martinelli or Rodrygo. He’s not a strength athlete like Richarlison. They are individual characteristics of others, but he has his own, which is very mobile and of high resistance.
“We pay a lot of attention to Fred regarding his recovery. Because he loses a lot of weight during the game precisely because of this great work rate.
“He is one of the main athletes that we have to rehydrate a lot after the game, increase the carbohydrate intake a lot to be able to recover well for the next match.”
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