Manchester United midfielder Fred has hit back at what he described as “fake news” amid reports of dressing-room unrest at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils’ meek performance in the 1-0 home defeat to Wolves last Monday, their first loss under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, resulted in widespread speculation over the futures of several first-team players.
It has been claimed as many as 17 United players are considering leaving the club, either this month or at the end of the season, with standards falling significantly short of expectation.
Fred’s name appeared in some of the reports, with the 28-year-old having only played a minute of his side’s previous two league matches despite scoring the winning goal against Crystal Palace at the beginning of Rangnick’s tenure.
However, the Brazil international said there was no truth to the rumours he is unhappy at the club.
I just want to say that I am very happy here and I have never expressed any dissatisfaction and the possibility of leaving the club. Don’t get misled by fake news. We will continue to work with great dedication to pursue our goals.
— Fred Rodrigues (@Fred08oficial) January 7, 2022
He wrote on social media: “Over the past few days I have read several fake news involving my name and other MUFC athletes. I’m not in the habit of answering controversial stuff publicly, but this time I will have to.
“I just want to say that I am very happy here and I have never expressed any dissatisfaction and the possibility of leaving the club. Don’t get misled by fake news. We will continue to work with great dedication to pursue our goals.”
Fred has played 19 times in all competitions in 2021-22, scoring twice.
United are seventh in the Premier League table after 19 games, having already lost six times in the top flight this term, and they face a tricky FA Cup third-round match with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday.
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