Troy Deeney has taken aim at Manchester United midfielder Fred for consistently gifting possession to opponents by taking too many touches on the ball.
The Brazilian struggled in his first season at Old Trafford after making the £52million switch from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, but his performances have rapidly improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 27-year-old put in a solid display protecting United’s backline in their 2-1 away win against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night as the Red Devils kicked off their Champions League campaign in emphatic style.
But despite impressing at the Parc des Princes, Watford captain Deeney admitted that Fred is an easy target for opposing teams as he often dawdles on the ball and ends up giving possession away too easily.
‘Whenever you play against Fred – we certainly did it – you let him get it because he has to take three or four touches,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘He doesn’t know how to do one or two touches.
‘If you’re anyone who studies football you’ll know that, when teams are setting and they’re waiting, you go and that one person is the trigger.
‘You’re waiting for it to go and then you bounce off him.’