Watford captain Troy Deeney has recalled how he used to enjoy playing against Manchester United midfielder Fred, who he believes is one of the club’s weakest players.
Deeney and Fred have enjoyed several battles in recent seasons, before the Hornets’ recent relegation.
The latter has often received criticism since his move from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018. Indeed much of that flak came while he was working under former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
But while the Brazilian has improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Deeney feels several weaknesses that are easy to exploit remain in his game.
“Whenever you play against Fred – we certainly did it – you let him get it because he has to take three or four touches,” the striker told talkSPORT.
“He doesn’t know how to do one or two touches. Anyone that watches his game, he gets it facing the wrong way, turns, turns, chops, chops and he’ll give you the ball three or four times a game.
“It’s the truth. If you’re anyone who studies football you’ll know that, when teams are setting and they’re waiting, you go and that one person is the trigger.
“You’re waiting for it to go and then you bounce off him.”
While Fred has improved under Solskjaer’s stewardship, he is now in a fight for game time at Old Trafford.
Indeed, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba can all play in a holding midfield role and are all battling for minutes.
The Red Devils have enjoyed a mixed start to the campaign; after defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham, Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain was their second in a row.
Solskjaer ‘covering for Greenwood’
Meanwhile, reports claim that Solskjaer is protecting Mason Greenwood by insisting the striker has an injury.
Greenwood has missed United’s last two games, not making the squad on either occasion.
And while Solskjaer has maintained that the 19-year-old has a “niggle”, reports claim there are deeper issues involving the forward.