Fred has admitted that Manchester United’s performances this season have been “far below what they wanted and expected”.
This campaign has been a very difficult one for the Red Devils. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November and he was replaced by Ralf Rangnick.
The interim boss has been unable to alter their fortunes too much. Before the international break, they were dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.
Man Utd had already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup by West Ham and Middlesbrough respectively.
United currently sit sixth in the Premier League. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are ahead of them in the race for the top four.
Rangnick’s side will be seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal if the latter win their remaining game in hand.
Fred has insisted that Man Utd’s “main objective” is to qualify for the Champions League:
“It was a season far below what we wanted and expected, unfortunately,” Fred said (via Manchester Evening News). “There is still a lot of water ahead, we will try to work to qualify for the next Champions League, which at the moment is our main objective.
“But when you come here you have to change the key, it’s another way of playing, the style of play, everything else, change. You change the key, you have to be focused on the team, because it’s a short period, when you’re here you have to be 100%.
“I try to do my best, work and when I return to United I’ll think about it again, change the key, but at the moment I’m focused on the national team.”
Elsewhere, England manager Gareth Southgate has defended Manchester United star Harry Maguire:
“Well, he has got us to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final, so there’s no doubt he is more than capable of playing at the highest level.
“He was very good for us in the autumn and, yeah, the club are in a difficult moment. There could be any number of reasons for that.
“That doesn’t mean that players can be poor for a couple of years and then still find their way in and sometimes it depends on competition for positions.
“We’ve obviously left some forward players out, who haven’t been in good form, but there’s direct replacements, experienced replacements, for those players. As I say, it is a complicated decision.“
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