Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Fred after he criticised Man Utd team-mates

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to comments made by Fred in which he claimed the squad have “lots of problems”.

Fred, 26, gave an interview with De Sola in Portugal last week in which he said Solskjaer’s squad lacks the mentality to “stick together” and has problems with “vanity”.

The comments come after Fred’s resurgence, winning United’s Player of the Month award for January and starting their last 18 Premier League gams.

And Solskjaer insists he has no issue with the Brazilian, brushing off the comments in his native language in an interview conducted in his home.

He also downplayed any issues with togetherness in his squad.

Solskjaer has responded after Fred appeared to criticise the Man Utd dressing room

“This group sticks together,” Solskjaer said. “Don’t worry about that.

“I haven’t seen the interview or I don’t understand what he’s saying. I’ve seen him sat there in his kitchen. Fred knows this is a group that wants to give everything for each other.

“I don’t know how to interpret what he said but I’ve got no issues at all and I’ve got no issues with the group doing everything for each other.”

Solskjaer insists he has no issue with Fred’s comments in the interview

Fred, who struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League after his big-money move from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, told De Sola: “We are lacking a lot right now. We need to improve as a group, our group lacks the ‘sticking together mentality’, we have lots of problems.

“There are a lot of discussions, every group has this sort of problem, but ours has this. Vanity is also an issue and we need to stop this and just run on the pitch.

“We need to stick a goal inside our minds, focus on it and go forward.

“We need to be on the same page and today some players have different objectives, there are players that just want to solve problems alone and this is wrong.”

Fred has put in a string of impressive performances in recent weeks

United first-team coach Michael Carrick this week lauded the efforts of the 26-year-old to turn his United career around.

“Yeah, I think he’s done great,” Carrick said. “It’s not always easy, I think history tells you that.

“When you look through the pages of this club when new signings have come in, sometimes it takes a little time to adapt, you know that, and it doesn’t mean they’re not good players or they don’t have real good quality in their play.

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“I think it’s just what playing for this club brings and playing in the league. The Premier League is so different to other leagues, so, sometimes, it takes time to get used to it, but credit to Fred. He’s stuck at it, he’s learnt and he’s been willing to put the work in and try to improve.

“He’s been fantastic for quite some time now and I’m sure there’s more to come, because he’s that kind of boy. He wants to keep improving, he wants to keep learning, keep getting better and there’s plenty more to improve, of course, like any player, so we’ll keep working at it.”


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