Fred rubbishes exit talk
Fred has poured cold water over speculation linking him with a move away from Manchester United.
The Brazilian midfielder struggled during his first year at Old Trafford after joining from Shakhtar Donetsk. And while Fred made significant strides during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge, the 27-year-old has still been linked with a move to Galatasaray, although he insists he has no plans to leave Manchester.
“I want to stay here – that’s my desire,” he told FourFourTwo. “I don’t want to leave. As I’ve always said, I want to be an important player and win trophies for this club.”
Fred added that he believes Donny van de Beek’s arrival is a sign of United moving in the right direction under Solskjaer.
“[Van de Beek’s arrival] means we’re getting stronger and that’s good for everyone at United,” Fred said. “We need more players for this season because it will be even more demanding: the calendar is crammed and we need a strong squad to compete for every title.
“When you play at a big club, there will always be competition – I’m used to it. It’s been like that from day one at United.”
United must sign more players – Ferdinand
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the club do not stand a chance in the Premier League title race unless they add more quality to their squad.
United recently landed Van de Beek but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who is the club’s top target.
And Ferdinand believes luring the England winger to Old Trafford is key to United’s ambition of challenging Liverpool and Manchester City for the title.
“I don’t know if United can be serious contenders for the Premier League title this season and it probably depends on what they do in the transfer market,” Ferdinand told TEAMtalk. “You look at the impact Bruno Fernandes has had since he arrived at United and it shows what can happen if one player is dropped into a team.
“Fernandes has been a breath of fresh air for the team. Where he has been great is unlocking the imagination of the team.
“You see Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood and the minute Fernandes get the ball, they are off, they know their chance is coming. He doesn’t need a second invitation to deliver that pass.
“That’s what top players do. They change a team and a club with their presence and we have seen that with Fernandes at United.”
United would benefit from Thiago signing – Neville
Gary Neville admits he doesn’t understand why United are seeminly not pursuing Thiago Alcantara.
The Spaniard is expected to leave Bayern Munich in the current window after helping them clinch the Champions League, with Liverpool heavily linked with securing his signature.
While Thiago is not thought to be a priority target for Solskjaer, Neville believes his former side would benefit from a midfielder of his pedigree.
“United weren’t really strongly linked with him and I can see why with Pogba and Fernandes. But watching him play in a two-man midfield for Bayern Munich I don’t think he needs to play in a forward role,” Neville told 90min.
“I think he can play deeper and United’s players in that position – Fred, [Scott] McTominay, [Nemanja] Matic – have all done okay. But if [Thiago] was there… I think he’s clever enough to intercept, read the game and do the things that a holding midfielder can.
“You don’t need to be six feet tall, tackle and quick to play in that position anymore. You just need to be intelligent and understand the game, and he’s got that in abundance.
“I don’t know why United wouldn’t try and get him, particularly if he was going to Liverpool because it would strengthen them.”