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Several Manchester United players were under pressure, following the latest performances for their side. However, it was Fred that caught the eye of Roy Keane.
Particularly, the Brazilain professional was under fire by Red Devils legend, after giving away the free-kick which saw Southampton go 2-0 up last weekend.
“I’d be more critical of Fred. Fred giving away the free-kick,” Keane said at half-time of the game.
“I’d be disappointed with my goalkeeper, but I’d be more disappointed with Fred for being really lazy and really sloppy. Giving away free-kicks in that area is like giving away a penalty.
“Corners can happen, obviously, you’ll take that, but the free-kick, if you look at Fred closely, I’ve been criticising him for years. My eyes don’t lie to me. Really poor decision, really lazy.”
Despite ex-United man’s criticism, Fred played the full 90 minutes as the club celebrated a 3 – 2 comeback towards the rivals.
And recent comments from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggest he disagrees with Keane concerning the midfielder. The Norwegian manager shared praise with the player for his display, following the club’s win over Everton:
“You see all the tackles that Scott and Fred were winning in the middle there, we’re tight, we’re compact, we win the ball, we play, we’ve got spaces, that’s how we want to see these boys. So we’re very pleased with that.
“Scott and Fred have done brilliantly together. They’re a great partnership.They had that energy in the engine room.
“They’re always key for us, so our creative players can go on and create chances, show their magic. They’re so disciplined and we’re very pleased with the two of them.”
Solskjaer also singled out Fred and his progress at the club after Champions League victory over RB Leipzig last month.
“I’m sure Fred covered every little single blade of grass on that pitch,” he said.
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