Fred has waded in on the row between Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire that is currently engulfing Manchester United. The duo are embroiled in a bitter battle over the club’s captaincy, with Maguire thought to be feeling increasingly undermined by his superstar team-mate.
Ronaldo had reportedly been asked by interim boss Ralf Rangnick to act as a mentor to the younger members of United’s dressing room.
But according to The Mirror, that has left Maguire unhappy, with the Englishman having insisted to Rangnick that he does not want to give up the captaincy.
That appears to be where things are heading though, with Rangnick holding talks with Ronaldo over the possibility of him taking on the armband.
The row between Maguire and Ronaldo has created yet more upheaval in the dressing room, though both the defender and Rangnick have denied the reports.
Many of United’s stars have been criticised for their performances this season, which has seen the Red Devils facing a major battle to finish in the top four.
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“But we understand each other. We have developed harmony in the dressing room and I think that’s the most important thing we have.
“We have maximum respect for each other in the dressing room. I think it’s important to bring some joy to the dressing room.
“Some players can get frustrated or annoyed sometimes so I try to create a positive atmosphere and make things lively, whether that’s by putting on music or whatever else.”
And despite the criticism aimed at himself and United this season, Fred has insisted that the campaign is not lost.
“I believe I’ve got a lot to add to the team. Whoever is on the field always does their best and the most important thing is that we start winning games and winning trophies,” he added.
“We’re still in with a shout in the Champions League and we need to be in the best position possible in the Premier League.”
“We have had good results and not-so-good results in the last few games but we’re really happy with the win against Brighton and we now need to keep improving.
“We’ve got an intense month with a lot of important games, so we need to continue giving our best.”