It may only be Manchester United’s third Premier League match of the season, but Fred thinks beating Tottenham Hotspur is key to our title hopes.
After beginning our campaign with an unconvincing 2-1 victory at home to Leicester City, United were left stunned at the Amex Stadium last summer, when we lost 3-2 to Bright & Hove Albion.
Despite the visit of fellow top-four contenders Spurs to Old Trafford being just the third game in, Brazil international Fred believes it is already a crucial fixture.
A loss would see us fall six points adrift of Mauricio Pochettino’s men, while Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea could also pull away by continuing their 100% records.
“It’s a very important game. This week we’ve been working, focusing on this game, we want to go out and get the win in front of our home fans,” Fred told Sky Sports.
“We know Tottenham are a great team, but we need to get the win if we are to aspire to win the league.
“The Premier League is a great league and there are a lot of great teams and Brighton were better than Man United.
“They got early goals which we didn’t manage to achieve. We improved but unfortunately this wasn’t enough for a win or a draw.
“Going into the next game, we want to be focused and we want to win, so we can stay in the race for the title.”
With the Paul Pogba situation ongoing with Mourinho, United need a positive break of some sort and beating Spurs on Monday may be a key ingredient to that recipe.
Fred, on the other hand, is getting on with things and claims he is happy at Old Trafford.
“I’m really happy to be working with Jose Mourinho. He’s a great person and he’s always keen to communicate with the squad and help people to be communicative regarding what they’re to do on the pitch,” he said.
“I’m really happy to be working with him and I hope that I’ll be working for him for a while to come.”
— Manchester United (@MUnitedFrance) 23 August 2018