The Brazilian midfielder believes that the squad have been placed in a far from ideal situation by the club’s hierarchy, including Ralf Rangnick only being put in place as temporary boss
Fred has admitted Manchester United are suffering from a lack of direction from those in charge of the club.
United – who face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night – appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim boss until the end of the season, after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November.
New chief executive Richard Arnold, who took over from Ed Woodward this month, is the man tasked with appointing United’s next boss – the fifth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Luis Enrique make up the three-man shortlist to replace Rangnick as United’s permanent boss at the end of the season.
Midfielder Fred claimed the current situation with Rangnick is far from ideal and said not having a permanent boss in charge was a concern among United’s players.
“It’s a bit strange,” said Fred. “I know in football it’s important to get good results as soon as possible, but it’s also important to have a long-term plan.
“I think it’s a little bit bad for us not to have one [a permanent boss]. At the moment it’s all about the short-term goals.
“We don’t know how it’s going to be after the end of this season.
“With all due respect to Villarreal, it was our job to win that Europa League final last season and we failed.
“It’s about having better football planning at the club – if you don’t want to win titles you don’t deserve to play for Manchester United.
“We’re still in the Champions League but let’s see if we arrive better next season to find our peak football.”
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Although United have struggled this season and are playing for fourth spot in the Premier League, Fred said they should not rule out an unlikely Champions League triumph.
“I know we’re not playing our best football, but we have a lot of quality names in our squad,” Fred told TNT Sports Brazil.
“I see many other teams playing far off from their best as well. To win it wouldn’t be crazy, it could happen.
“But we will have to work our socks off, because we’re far away from being one of the favourites in this competition.”
On Wednesday night’s opponents Atlético, Fred said: “Even when not playing well, they’re a hard team to beat.
“Their manager is Argentinian, so they’re warriors, defend really well, they like a bit of a fight on the pitch and play collectively as a unit.
“So it’s a match for players that have balls – pardon my French. They’re the most South American team in the Champions League.”