Manchester United midfielder Fred concedes the underperforming Red Devils have to accept the criticism being directed at them and “shut up and work on the pitch”.
The 2019-20 season is proving to be another testing one for all concerned at Old Trafford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeing questions asked of his future, while some star players are failing to convince with their displays on the pitch.
Brazil international midfielder Fred is among those failing to perform this season, with the 26-year-old facing accusations of being a £52.5 million flop.
He accepts that more is expected from both himself and his team-mates, with the club having no argument against their detractors – who include some club legends.
Fred told Esporte Interativo after seeing the likes of Gary Neville and Keane condemn United’s performances: “They are within their rights, they’ve won many titles with this club. We have to shut up and work on the pitch.
“Some critics are pointless, but many can offer me lessons.
“I like to read what people are saying about my performances. With that, I can try to get better.”
He added: “I do understand it. Every day when I arrive at the training ground, when I see those big letters with the name of the club, I pinch myself.
“So I know this club is gigantic. I like to read about its history, best players and historical moments.
“It hasn’t been great times for us, our rivals are winning titles and we’re not even in the Champions League. It makes our fans sad and I feel sad as well.
“This club deserves silverware and we’re going to fight to get better. We have to put United back in the place it should never have left.”
Fred added supportively: “It’s the beginning of his work, even [Sir Alex] Ferguson had difficult times in his first years. I’m positive everything is going to get better.”