Paul Pogba is a 'great person' who can still help Manchester United with his ability and personality this season, according to midfield teammate Fred.
United have gone through the majority of the campaign without the influential Frenchman, who has been sidelined with two separate ankle injuries.
The 26-year-old's fitness problems have restricted him to eight appearances in all competitions — and just five league starts.
Pogba appears likely to leave Old Trafford in the summer amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.
However, Fred insists Pogba — who has posted several updates of his private fitness work in recent weeks — is working hard to return from injury after undergoing surgery at the beginning of January.
"He's a great person and a great player," Fred told Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte. "On a daily basis we [are] together a lot. He's a good guy and we try to bring him closer to United.
"Unfortunately, he was injured a lot this season, but he can still help a lot. Needless to say, he is a great player. May he recover quickly, because he is world champion and being 100 per cent will help us a lot."
United have undoubtedly missed Pogba's midfield quality at times this season, though his absence has allowed the likes of Fred and Scott McTominay — and more recently Bruno Fernandes, the January signing from Sporting CP — to emerge.
But Fred wants United to have a full complement of midfield options back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's disposal.
"We feel bad because of the injury," he added on Pogba. "His way of being does not change the good person and the great player he is. He's a very hard-working guy, who struggles to get back soon.
"He has his personality, but that shouldn't get in the way of any analysis."
Pogba has 16 months left on his current contract but at United the club does have the option to extend it by a further year.