|Desc||Though Fred’s time with Brazil will forever be tainted by memories of his lacklustre efforts at the 2014 World Cup, the goal poacher was a far more potent presence than that tournament suggested. Still recovering from injury at the time, the fact is that fans had seen a better reflection of Fred’s talents during the 2013 Confederations Cup. A solid goalscorer during his time with Lyon, Fred had finished the World Cup warm-up tournament as the joint-top scorer. Yet unlike Ronaldo, when it came time to deliver on the biggest stage, with the weight of a watching Brazilian public on his shoulders, Fred crumbled.|
|Org||Brazil National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester United|
2013 08 03 Retrieve
[Fred on World Cup’s anxiety] The closer the World Cup gets, the more the anxiety rises. I’m very happy to have been part of this triumphant Confederations Cup squad, but I know I have to kill a lion every day and continue to prove that I deserve a spot in the Brazil team [in 2014].
2013 12 30 Retrieve
[Fred jokes about his opener against Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup] I’d already done a lot of nice things lying down, but I’d never scored a goal!
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Manchester United midfielder Fred has explained how Bruno Fernandes’ arrival at Old Trafford can help him score more goals for the club] I hope so as it’s always important to score goals. I’ve been working on it and, with Bruno’s arrival, we’ve got someone who gives us more freedom, given his quality with the ball at his feet. So I hope to attack and score more goals and work hard on my finishing to score more goals in a season. I’m certain that, with Bruno’s arrival, more goals will come.
My favourite role is where I’ve been playing. As a second central midfielder, defending solidly but also getting forward and looking to score goals. I think it’s important that a central midfielder has good approach play and finishing skills. The way I’ve been playing is the way I like to play and I feel really good in this position