Gary Neville has ripped into Manchester United’s summer signing Fred, saying that he hasn’t justified his £50 million price tag so far.
The Brazilian swapped Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk for Manchester United in the summer, as Jose Mourinho desperately looked to bolster his sides creativity from midfield.
However, he is yet to make a significant impact at Old Trafford, making just nine appearances, scoring one goal, and leaving club legend Gary Neville to make a damning assessment of his time so far in the Premier League.
“Fred at £50m, he started the first game of the season and he looked bright, he looked tidy – but does he look like what you would expect for £50m?” he said on the Sky Sports podcast.
“Does he change a game? Does it look like he’s going to defend your goal? Does it look like he’s going to connect back-to-front? At this moment in time, no.”
Neville does however believe that the 25-year-old can recover from his slow start to life at Old Trafford.
“He is still developing, he’s still getting used to Manchester United and he’s coming into a very difficult position in the sense that the club aren’t the most stable at this moment in time in terms of their performance levels and the scrutiny that’s been on the club in the past three or four months,” Neville added.
“So, I wouldn’t put it all onto Fred but you have to ask the question, where was he [on Sunday] in that central midfield?”