BANGKOK, Thailand – Fred told ESPN he needed to stop dressing room leaks at Manchester United, but the Brazilian midfielder insisted that last season’s divisive team story was shattered.
With United slipping to sixth place in the Premier League, hints of unrest among players at Old Trafford have already overshadowed the pathetic campaign.
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And as the team’s new era begins under the leadership of Eric Ten Hague, Fred appealed to his teammates to stay together and help reduce the chances of success by “reducing” the rumors coming out.
“Manchester United is a big club, the biggest club in the world, so there will always be rumors about the dressing room and many other things and we have to reduce that,” Fred told ESPN in Bangkok.
“Unfortunately there is a lot of false news in the media trying to damage our dressing room. We didn’t do well in the league.
“We have to protect ourselves from this, stay strong and, most importantly, support our allies on a daily basis.
“We weren’t good enough at what we did last season.
“It’s behind us now. We want to think about the future, the next season. We have to forget the last season, recognize the mistakes and not repeat them.”
Ten Hague will lead United in the opening match against Liverpool at the Rajmangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Tuesday.
After spending two weeks with his players in Carrington, the Dutchman has begun preparations for a new season on the summer tour of Thailand and Australia, and Fred says the new boss has already made an impression.
He said, “He’s a great manager, everyone knows what he’s achieved.”
“I’m sure big things are coming. He’s very detailed in his work. I love his work, I followed him in Ajax.
“He always demands from us on the pitch, constantly interacting with the players. This is very important for me and the group.
“There are some new rules. He tells you to do some things. It’s part of their job and part of their daily routine. We must accept it and work hard to improve.
Fred could face more competition for his place next season after Ten Hague insisted on using his first summer news conference to strengthen United midfield ahead of the transfer deadline.
Along with Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea, Fred was one of the few players to survive last season with some credit – especially after many positive performances under Ralph Rangnik – and the 29-year-old believes he can play a key role. Role under Ten Hague.
“I don’t think it’s the first time last season when people thought I was a good player,” he said.
“I did not come to Manchester United by chance, my first season was not good, although others were good. We didn’t do well last season but thankfully I was able to do well here.
“I look forward to further improvements this season, working hard every day to improve. A lot of people will criticize you, try to write you down.
“As I said before, I’m very comfortable. I don’t let it bother me and keep working hard on the pitch.
“I want to pursue my goals, play well here and for my national team. No matter what they say, I want to keep doing my job. ”