Andreas Pereira believes his Manchester United and Brazil teammate is finally delivering on his promise this season.
The two fellow countrymen have played in midfield together at times in recent weeks, though Fred's partnership with Scott McTominay has really kicked on to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team of late.
Fred was subject to a fair amount of flak last season after arriving at United for £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk, but has received praise from Solskjaer and has even changed the minds of many of his critics in the media.
And Pereira believes United fans are now seeing the real Fred.
“I am very happy for him," he said after United's League Cup quarter-final victory over Colchester.
"He can show what he is really about this season. Last year was difficult for him but you can see he is getting more confident and hopefully he can keep it up.”
After the 3-0 victory and subsequent semi-final draw - which sees United reacquainted with Manchester rivals Man City in a two-legged affair - Pereira admitted United's young squad are eager to compete for silverware.
United haven't lifted a trophy since the 2017 Europa League triumph under Jose Mourinho, also winning the League Cup earlier that same year.
“We are desperate to get a trophy," added Pereira.
"Everybody at the academy is raised to win trophies. We have been winning trophies since the academy days and we want to do it now with the first team.”
On the City draw, he said: "We are up for it. We know it is difficult. Derbies are always special.
“We will never fear it. But the last game we won and now we have to look at it from a different perspective. It is a new game, a semi final and they will come with something new because they know for sure they lost last time and they will do something different.
“We will prepare like we did last time and hopefully win."