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Brazil head coach explains Fred recall after Roy Keane’s scathing verdict on Man Utd star


Fred was singled out for criticism by Roy Keane following Man Utd’s 4-2 defeat against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United midfielder Fred has earned a recall to the Brazil national team squad, less than 24 hours after he was singled out for scathing criticism following his side’s 4-2 defeat against Liverpool by Roy Keane.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has emerged as a central component of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s engine room this season and has formed an effective partnership with Scott McTominay, providing protection in front of United’s back four.

Fred, however, was badly exposed against a rampant Liverpool side at Old Trafford in midweek, as the champions ran riot and secured a victory which kept alive their own hopes of Champions League qualification.

After the game, Keane slammed the 28-year-old, saying: ‘I know Ole preserves with Fred but I can’t see it..

‘How they think Fred is going to get United back to winning titles I don’t know. I know he [Solskjaer] dragged him off but even so it was sloppy, it was lazy. It is school boy stuff.’

Fred struggled during Manchester United’s defeat against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Keane’s verdict, however, was clearly not shared by Brazil’s head coach Tite with Fred now back in the squad following a two-and-a-half year absence.

‘It’s because of his performances,’ Tite said of Fred’s return to the fold. ‘The high level that he has been showing at United, a team that is runner-up in the Premier League.’

Tite has also included veteran defender Thiago Silva, 36, but the Selecao head coach has been far from surprised by the former PSG star’s performances for Chelsea this season.

He added: ‘I don’t like the word reinvent that much. I believe that people model themselves to different situations. Thiago has already been invented.

‘He has a great professional capacity; he is a true athlete, just seeing the physical care he takes. His physical condition.

‘The technical quality he has for a defender, his perceptions and that together with his conduct, allows him to play at this high level.’


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