‘He doesn’t know how to do one or two touches’: Troy Deeney offers brutal assessment of Manchester United’s Fred and claims the £52m midfielder gives you the ball ‘three or four times a game!’
- Watford striker Troy Deeney has offered an honest critique of Fred
- He says that the Hornets would target the Manchester United midfielder
- Deeney says Watford had success against United by singling out the £52m man
Fred, signed for £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, has flattered to deceive since arriving in the Premier League.
After struggling under Jose Mourinho he has become a more reliable performer under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Deeney says Watford were still able to exploit his weaknesses when they beat them at Vicarage Road last season.
Watford striker Troy Deeney has offered a brutal assessment of Manchester United’s Fred
Chiefly, Deeney identified Fred’s tendency to take too many touches, and his inability to get the ball and give it quickly.
‘Whenever you play against Fred – we certainly did it – you let him get it because he has to take three or four touches’, he 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.’
He says that Watford would target the Brazilian when they came up against Manchester United
He says that Fred would give the ball away and could not play ‘one or two touch’ football
Pundit Darren Bent, also appearing on the Breakfast show, joked: ‘Hope Fred’s not listening. Blueprint how to play against him.’
Deeney replied: ‘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.’
Fred played 48 times last season and remains a key figure under Solskjaer this term.
He started the recent wins against Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain, having been restored to the starting line-up following the dismal 6-1 league defeat by Tottenham.