Manchester United star Fred has potentially upset fans by claiming the loss to Bournemouth was a difficult match and how the upcoming Brighton fixture will be the same toughness.
Supporters have been losing patience given the team’s inconsistencies this season that have seen them in 10th place before this weekend’s Premier League round began.
United are facing the real possibility of missing out on European football entirely next season if they don’t pick up their form soon.
A convincing 3-0 win over Partizan has comforted fans a little but it’s results in the league that is needed more than anything else at the moment.
The Brazilian star has grown slowly but surely in his role, partnering Scott McTominay in midfield as the pair attempt to navigate their way through Paul Pogba’s injury.
According to the club’s official website, Fred said: “We dropped important points and we can’t be doing this at this stage of the season.
“We need these three points [against Brighton]. We’ll get on the pitch, do our best, go after the win and I’m sure that playing in front of our fans will be a great help.
“They’re a good team, but all games in the Premier League are difficult. We saw this in the last game against Bournemouth, it was a very difficult game for us.
“Against Brighton it’ll be no different, it’ll be a tough game, but we’re Manchester United. We always play to win, to leave with three points.
“They’re a difficult team to play against. When I arrived here, I played against Brighton [in the 3-2 defeat at the Amex Stadium in August 2018].
“They are a team with a lot of strength. It’ll be a tough game but we need to play the ball on the floor. They’ve also been playing well so it’ll be a good game and I hope we come away with the win.
“Yes, the cups are important, but so is the league. Whatever game we’re playing in, we go on the pitch to do our best and, of course, we’re always looking at the league table.
“We’re Manchester United, we want to be around the top of the table, we want to be fighting for a Champions League place. So we’re not happy with the position we’re in, but we’ll look to improve, I’m sure of this. We’ll do our best so that we can get into the top positions.”
In fairness, if one was to give Fred the benefit of the doubt, he could’ve simply been speaking realistically as it would’ve been a bit silly to claim Manchester United would challenge for the title.
It’d also potentially make his teammates complacent if he said beating Brighton would be no problem but it’s not a nice thing to hear nonetheless.
United should be cruising past the likes of Bournemouth and Brighton yet they could find themselves pointless if the horror continues on Saturday afternoon.