Van de Beek, 24, joined Manchester United a year ago but struggled to adapt to English football in his tricky debut campaign at the club.
Despite early signs of promise, the Dutch midfielder failed to ever secure a regular first-team role and was not helped by the sporadic appearances handed to him by Solskjaer.
Ahead of the new campaign Van de Beek has been hitting the gym to add more physicality to his game and his efforts certainly haven’t gone unnoticed.
Speaking in a Q&A with official club media Fernandes piled the praise on the former Ajax midfielder for his hard work in the off-season.
“Yes he’s working hard and working hard in the gym,” the Portuguese said. “Obviously he is one of the quality players we know and now he’s building up.”
Those thoughts were echoed by Solskjaer too, with the United manager delighted by the signs of progress shown already by Van de Beek.
“He’s put on a bit of muscle, yeah,” Solskjaer told reporters in an interview ahead of the new season. “He’s had last season to learn about English football and he’s used the summer well.
“You never know how players from abroad come in, some players need a year. You see Fred’s development and evolution and there are other players that just come in and take to it straight away, it depends.”