Roy Keane has savaged Fred over his first-half performance for Manchester United in their 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday, branding him ‘really lazy’ and ‘really sloppy’.
The Red Devils mounted a brilliant fightback on the south coast, coming from two goals down thanks to second-half strikes from Bruno Fernandes and a brace from Edinson Cavani.
United were undone in the first half by a near-post corner kick flicked in by defender Jan Bednarek before James Ward-Prowse doubled their lead with another trademark free-kick.
But Keane was scathing in his assessment of United’s first-half display and singled out Fred in particular, blaming him for the concession of the free-kick and slamming his performance.
‘I’d be more critical of Fred – Fred giving away the free-kick,’ said Keane on Sky Sports during half-time.
‘I still don’t expect my goalkeeper to be beaten from there, I really don’t. It’s a fantastic set-piece, the pace he gets on it, the accuracy – he’s certainly one of the best in Europe at the moment from that situation.
‘I’d be disappointed with my goalkeeper, but I’d be more disappointed with Fred for being really lazy and really sloppy.
‘Giving away free-kicks in that area is like giving away a penalty. From United’s point of view, they’d have been told to not give daft free-kicks away.
‘Corners can happen, obviously, you’ll take that, but the free-kick, if you look at Fred closely, I’ve been criticising him for years. My eyes don’t lie to me. Really poor decision, really lazy.’
Fred, like much of the United team, had a much better second half and played the full 90 minutes as they picked up three points to move up to seventh place in the table with a game in hand.
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