Fred admits international break came to Man Utd’s rescue after 6-1 humiliation
Manchester United midfielder Fred insists the international break came at a good time for the Red Devils as the they look to bounce back after their horror show against Tottenham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were demolished 6-1 in their last fixture before the break, but Fred has revealed that his team-mates have reflected on the mauling and expects a response at Newcastle on Saturday.
United have only won one of their opening three Premier League games and the nature of the defeat by Spurs has cranked up the pressure on Solskjaer.
‘Nobody wants to lose a game, especially at home and by that score line. We’ve thought a lot about it and talked a lot in the dressing room,’ he told Manchester United’s official website.
‘It was really bad for us, but we have to come back stronger, better, more focused and I’m sure that Saturday we start all over again. It will be a great game against Newcastle and we need to do our best to get the win.
‘The international break has been really good for us because we’ve had time to rest and think about what we’ve done. Time to train too, as we didn’t have a pre-season, so we needed to take this time we had during the international break and put it to good use – to train, to perfect a few things.
‘Of course now, it’s important for us players to look ahead,’ added Fred. ‘What happened in the last few games is in the past. We have to think ahead, about the games coming up, for us to go on a great run.
‘We need to aim to get points, do our best so we don’t have to play catch up further down the line. We need to do our best now in these upcoming games, look ahead and get the wins.’
Fred signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2018 from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. He played a peripheral role when he arrived at the club only making a total of 25 appearances in his first season.
Last season, however, the Brazilian made 48 appearances across all competitions, scoring twice in United’s run to the Europa League semi-finals.
After the trip to St James’ Park the Red Devils will travel to France for their opening Champions League group game against Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday.
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