Michael Owen described Manchester United midfielder Fred as a “moderate player” following the club’s uninspiring 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar on Thursday evening.
United looked flat throughout on the plastic pitch in Hague, with the final whistle consigning the Red Devils to a tenth away game without victory – United’s worst run since 1989.
The visitors had few clear-cut chances before being denied a penalty late on and, speaking on BT Sport after the match, Owen picked out midfielder Fred as one particular player who did not convince during the match.
“He’s just a moderate player, isn’t he? That’s the bottom line,” the pundit said. “I mean, what can you say?
“We were discussing what his best position is before, I mean I probably think it’s a six, Owen [Hargreaves] thinks it’s an eight.
“But, really, once we start arguing about it you think he can’t do either role that well. And what did he cost, £50-something million?”