Fred is considered “important” for Brazil but not for Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United, says ex-Red Devil Rio Ferdinand.
Despite being a yellow card away from missing the Selecao’s World Cup round of 16 clash against South Korea, Brazil boss Tite started United’s number 17 in Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon.
The five-time World Cup winner’s manager brought off the 29-year-old ten minutes into the second half.
After coming off the bench to make his World Cup debut against Serbia in Brazil’s Group G opener, the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder started the last two group games.
Fred is “important” for Brazil but not for Erik ten Hag, says Rio Ferdinand
It looks like Fred will be lining up alongside his United teammate Casemiro in the heart of Brazil’s midfield for tomorrow night’s last-16 clash against South Korea.
Gilberto Silva, formerly of Arsenal, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil has previously spoken about the importance Fred brings alongside the five-time Champions League winner and how the United pair are crucial to Brazil’s hopes of winning a sixth World Cup.
Fred, whose contract at Old Trafford expires next summer, is a back-up option to Ten Hag’s midfield signings Christian Eriksen and Casemiro.
But for his national side, Tite prefers the man who was brought to the Theatre of Dreams by Jose Mourinho over the likes of Fabinho and Bruno Guimaraes.
Speaking on his latest Vibe with FIVE podcast alongside fellow former Red Patrice Evra, Ferdinand believes there is a stark contrast in Fred’s importance when it comes to club and international football.
Ferdinand said: “Fred’s been in this squad for so many years now. Fred, I don’t think he’s looked at the way he’s looked at Manchester United – he’s an important player of their squad.
“When they need him, he comes and plays.”
Fred has made four Premier League starts under Ten Hag, but two of those came in the opening two games of the season when Casemiro hadn’t been signed yet.
And the other two came when Eriksen was struggling with illness.