Rio Ferdinand tells Man United they ‘need someone who can see the game better’ than Fred in midfield

Rio Ferdinand tells Manchester United they ‘need someone who can see the game better’ than Fred in midfield, as the under-fired Brazilian star is ‘positionally abandoning himself’ and lacks the vision shown by Michael Carrick, Sergio Busquets and Fernandinho

  • Rio Ferdinand has joined the chorus of criticism aimed at Man United’s Fred
  • Former United captain believes they need a player who can orchestrate
  • Fred was criticized and scored an own goal when United drew at Southampton
  • Ferdinand would rather see a player with stronger vision and decision making

Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United to use a better defensive midfielder than Fred under fire, warning the Brazilian star is “letting himself down”.

Central anchor Fred has been criticized for his performance in United’s opening games of the season, with one of Ferdinand’s former teammates, Roy Keane, claiming the 28-year-old has few exceptional qualities.

Former United captain Ferdinand has now joined many fans in expressing his reservations about a player who has been repeatedly deployed by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rio Ferdinand criticizes Fred

The Manchester United midfielder has been scrutinized at the start of the season

The Manchester United midfielder has been scrutinized at the start of the season

Rio Ferdinand (L) has expressed doubts about Man United midfielder Fred’s positional sense

Fred helped United to a 1-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League, but hasn't convinced some

Fred helped United to a 1-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League, but hasn't convinced some

Fred helped United to a 1-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League, but hasn’t convinced some

Ferdinand told his Atmosphere with FIVE show: ‘I don’t think he’s an obstacle enough.

“He gets off the line, goes and stinks and sometimes flies out. That’s not necessarily the best way to convey that [dangerous] situation.

“In that role, you need for me someone who can orchestrate – not just with the ball, I’ve got it without the ball too. He can position himself to stop problems before they come.

‘AN [Michael] Carrick, a [Sergio] Busquets, Fernandinho does it. People who can sit in their place.

The Brazilian's case was not helped when he scored an own goal at Southampton

The Brazilian's case was not helped when he scored an own goal at Southampton

The Brazilian’s case was not helped when he scored an own goal at Southampton

“You don’t have to fly 100mph everywhere, but they are able to prevent the ball from going into these danger zones – they are an obstacle.”

Having missed just 14 minutes of United’s first three games of the campaign, Fred was a fixture for Solskjaer last season. He missed all but eight league games, despite fans regularly questioning his performance.

Ferdinand said: “His physical abilities, covering the ground and making tackles, are really good.

“Sometimes positionally, that’s where someone like Fred lets themselves down. That’s not to discredit him too much, because some of the work he does is really, really good.

“But I think they need someone there who can see the game better, who is more controlled, who is more calculated in their positioning and decision making from a defensive perspective.”

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