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Fred speaks out on Paul Pogba’s future and being called a ‘flop’ at Manchester United


Manchester United star Fred hopes Paul Pogba remains his team-mate for a long time (Picture: Getty)

Fred has heaped praise on Paul Pogba and says he hopes the midfielder remains at Manchester United for a long time and continues to show his ‘indisputable’ qualities as he has been doing on a more consistent basis this season.

Just last month, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client was ‘unhappy’ and had to leave but the Frenchman has done his own talking on the pitch in recent weeks and looks to be enjoying himself once again, with the club sitting top of the Premier League table ahead of their crunch match with title rivals Liverpool.

Pogba’s deflected long-range volley was the only goal of the game in United’s last game – their 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor – and the 27-year-old World Cup winner will be no doubt be hoping to make a similar impact on Merseyside.

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Speaking to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte about his team-mate, Fred said: ‘He is one of the guys who works hard and is very serious in training. 

‘Inside the dressing room he is a guy who helps us and is always in a good mood. 

‘We hope so much that he can stay, everyone knows his quality, this is indisputable.

‘He helps us a lot both on and off the field and gives everything and whenever we give our all it makes for great matches. 

‘We hope he stays and stays at his best.’

Fred is ‘very happy’ at United and wants to stay at the club for many years (Picture: Getty)

Fred lifted the lid on his own struggles during a ‘very difficult’ start at United, with some even labelling him a ‘flop’ just a year into his time at Old Trafford.

‘The first season was very difficult and I think many players suffer from it. I suffered a lot with my first season, even for the amount they paid,’ the Brazil midfielder added.

‘You come with high expectations, it turns out that if you don’t play all the games well, you will be criticised. I suffered a lot of criticism from the press and the fans, but I always kept motivating myself, working. 

‘I never dropped the ball. I was even treated as a “flop”, a contract that doesn’t pay. But I kept working my best.

The Red Devils can go six points clear of Liverpool with a win at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

‘In the second season I started without playing, I missed a few games and then I managed to get that starting place. 

‘And then I came a good period in which I managed to win over the fans, the coach, the press, who speaks well. 

‘It is the result of hard work, it is not overnight. If people criticise, you have to keep working and sometimes it is good to hear criticism because you are more attentive. 

‘I heard some people on my side saying that I have to improve. I have come back stronger, I’m very happy and I want to stay for many years.’

Fred and Fernandes have formed a close bond both on and off the pitch (Picture: Getty)

Bruno Fernandes has transformed United’s fortunes following his arrival 12 months ago and Fred believes the Portuguese’s ‘numbers speak for themselves’.

‘He’s doing a great job here on our team. He’s a great player and a friend off the pitch, he’s a guy that we get along with very well,’ Fred continued.

‘He’s a great player, his numbers are big, he scores a lot of goals, assists. He is helping us a lot and there in the middle of the field forward we know that he commands. 

‘We hope he remains on top form.’

The Red Devils can go six points clear of bitter rivals Liverpool with victory this evening and Fred is anticipating a ‘great match’ at Anfield.

On whether United would be satisfied with a draw, he replied: ‘I don’t think anyone likes to draw very much, we will always go in to win. 

‘If the draw is going to happen, it will be the game. We are two teams that like to play a lot, work the ball well. We will play to win and they will also be out to win. 

‘I’m sure it will be a great game and for the fans watching, it will also be a great match. 

‘We don’t think about a draw but more about winning because we know we have the quality.’

Asked whether Liverpool remain the best side in the country, Fred said: ‘They are a great team, you can’t deny that. 

‘They are the current champions. But this year we are doing very well, our team is enjoying a good moment. 

‘Both teams will be seeking victory and I can’t tell you if Liverpool are the best team. We also have a great team, Manchester City are a great team, Tottenham too. 

‘This championship is very open, it’s cool, very close. It will be a big game, with two gigantic teams, the biggest game in England. It will be very good.’

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