Ralf Rangnick reserves special praise for ‘extremely valuable’ Manchester United star

Ralf Rangnick reserves special praise for 'extremely valuable' Manchester United star

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has claimed that Fred is not only a defensive midfielder but also an ‘extremely valuable’ player at Old Trafford.

Rangnick’s comments would surely raise several eyebrows, given the mixed reactions from Man United fans over his performances.

Not long ago, many Manchester United fans wanted the Brazil international out of Old Trafford but somehow, the midfielder keeps starring in games under Ralf Rangnick, just as he did under ex-Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Under the Norwegian boss, the former Shakhtar Donestk midfielder paired alongside Scott McTomiany as a double pivot.

But Rangnick believes the 28-year-old has the potential to do more than just defending, insisting that the left-foot midfielder is a vital member of the squad.

“For me, he [Fred] is an extremely valuable player, a team player in the true sense, a player who puts in every effort that he has and would give his last drop of blood for the team,” said Rangnick.

“He’s also a player who can score goals and has those surprising elements in his game, little flick-ons, and he can be a technical player too.

Ralf Rangnick insists Fred is a valuable member in the Manchester United squad
Ralf Rangnick insists Fred is a valuable member of the Manchester United squad

“That combination makes him extremely valuable, and to reduce him to only a number six, a defensive midfield player, does not rate him highly enough. He can do a lot more than just defend.”

Source: Sky Sports

Manchester United will look to bounce back to winning ways when they host Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening in a crucial top-four clash in the Premier League.

United sit in the 6th position, four points behind 4th-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

Fred is in contention to start for The Red Devils after he was spotted among his team-mates upon their arrival at the team’s Lowry Hotel on Friday.