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Bruno Fernandes believes his Manchester United team-mate Fred does not get the praise he deserves for his performances in the middle of the park for the Red Devils. The Portuguese international was keen to highlight the importance of the former Shakhtar Donetsk man after he struck a brilliant winner for United in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Brazilian continues to keep his place in the side despite failing to fully win over his critics.

Fred was a midfield regular throughout Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure but now he could be about to play an even bigger part under Ralf Rangnick.

That’s because the numbers suggest Fred is well suited to the German’s pressing style and he marked his first game under the new boss with a brilliant winner.

He swept the ball home from 25 yards on his right foot to send Old Trafford into raptures and Fernandes thinks Fred’s performance proved just how important he is to this side, something Roy Keane does not agree with.


The former United captain recently hit out at Solskjaer’s loyalty to the £52million man in the aftermath of the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

“Anyone who tells me Fred is good enough for United – they’re in cuckoo land,” Keane said.

But Fernandes disagreed with the United legend, saying on Sunday: “We had to carry on with what we did in the last game against Arsenal.

“We are happy because we got the three points. The results could have been even better.

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“Fred has these moments, one shot per year. Everyone is happy for him because he’s such a nice guy. He works a lot and people don’t talk about him. He deserves the praise.

“I think it depends on the game, sometimes you have to press more, sometimes less. But everyone knows the manager wants more pressing from us.

“The first 25 minutes was unbelievable, great tempo. We could have scored so many in the first half.

“We have to follow our new manager’s instructions. Now we go again to the Champions League.”


Rangnick, who was happy with the display from his side, admitted even he was surprised by the quality of Fred’s right foot for his goal.

“I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred’s right foot,” he said. “I thought he could only shoot with his left. I’m happy for him.

“It’s always easier to build on things after you’re successful. We must produce further clean sheets and get better at creating chances for our attack. Overall I was very pleased with the way we played today.”

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