Rio Ferdinand has said that Brazilian midfielder, Fred lacks skills in positional control and decision-making to be in Manchester United’s squad.

He wants the club to sign an upgrade to play at the base of midfield.

Fred has been in Manchester United first team since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the team.

The South African has made 124 appearances for Solskjaer’s side but has never really won over fans and pundits since arriving in the Premier League.

But the former Manchester United defender feels the Brazil international lacks positional awareness.

“Fred, his attributes physically to be able to cover the ground and make tackles are really good,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with FIVE.

“In that role, for me, you need someone who can orchestrate. Not only with the ball, I’m talking without the ball. He can position himself to stop trouble before it comes.

“A [Michael] Carrick, a [Sergio] Busquets, Fernandinho does it. People that can sit in their position. You haven’t got to fly everywhere 100mph, but they’re in a position to stop the ball getting into these danger areas, they’re an obstacle.

“I don’t think he’s enough of an obstacle. He gets off the leash, goes and smells trouble and flies out sometimes, that’s not necessarily the best way to put out that situation.

“I think sometimes positionally, that’s where someone like Fred lets himself down. That’s not to discredit him too much because some of the work he does do is really really good.

“But I think they need someone in there who can see the game better, who’s more controlled, who’s more calculated in their positioning and decision-making from a defensive perspective.”

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