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Manchester United midfielder Fred has defended himself against criticism from Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, declaring he doesn’t ‘agree’ with their viewpoints.

The Brazilian has often been the cause of their frustration, with the legendary Red Devils duo not afraid to hold back dissecting his displays while working in the media.

Keane has blasted Fred as ‘sloppy and lazy’ in the past, while Scholes has accused him of ‘lacking fight’ before too.

Manchester United midfielder Fred (centre) has hit back at criticism from two club legends

Manchester United midfielder Fred (centre) has hit back at criticism from two club legends

Manchester United midfielder Fred (centre) has hit back at criticism from two club legends

And while Fred has no issue with either expressing an opinion as a TV pundit, it doesn’t mean he agrees with it.

‘They had many moments of glory for Manchester United and now they’re paid to give opinions, so I’m fine with it,’ he said of the iconic central midfield pairing, he told TNT Sports Brazil.

‘It’s their job and it’s their right to do so. I don’t agree with it but it’s their opinion.

‘I’m not confrontational, I’ve heard a lot of negative comments about me, always negative, but I won’t say anything back. My focus is to work on the pitch.’

Roy Keane has been criticial of Fred on many occasions as TV pundits

Roy Keane has been criticial of Fred on many occasions as TV pundits

As has Paul Scholes

As has Paul Scholes

Roy Keane (left) and Paul Scholes have both criticised Fred on many occasions as TV pundits

Fred, a £52million signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, has started to win over some of the doubters with his performances recently, and even earned praise from arch-critic Keane at Leeds when he came off the bench to score United’s crucial third goal.

‘I’ve had ups and downs since arriving here,’ continued the 28-year-old.

‘I know I’m not the best player, the most technical, but I give my blood and my life every time I’m on the pitch. As we say in Brazil, I carry the piano for the artists to play. Some fans like me and others don’t. But football is like that, you need to learn to deal with criticism.

‘I listen to constructive criticism, for sure, but there is a lot of criticism just to humiliate you. It’s easy to go on social media and write anything full of hatred.’ 

Fred accepts he's not the best player at United but claims he tries really hard

Fred accepts he's not the best player at United but claims he tries really hard

Fred accepts he’s not the best player at United but claims he tries really hard

Source: DailyMail Sports

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