Manchester United’s Fred sees claims from team cliques as ‘fake news’

Brazilian midfielder Fred has hit back at claims there are cliques in the Manchester United dressing room by calling the reports ‘fake news’.

United players have had to make accusations that the squad is split, particularly after Luke Shaw said the squad were ‘not all together’ following the 1-0 loss to Wolves earlier this month -this.

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Fred insists it’s normal for players who speak the same language to form tight-knit groups, but says the atmosphere in the dressing room is “great”.

“We who speak Portuguese, we communicate, we have a nice friendship,” Fred told ESPN Brasil. “I’ve been good friends with Alex Telles, both on and off the pitch for many years now, so of course I’ll be a bit closer to him, but that doesn’t mean I won’t talk to [Jesse] Lingard, [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood or [Harry] Maguire and the other English players.

“We have a very good friendship, it’s a great atmosphere in the dressing room, we are very good friends and we always have fun together.

“Wherever possible we dine together, recently this hasn’t happened due to COVID-19 but we always try to be all together.

“It’s a huge club that people will always try to say something about us.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player that everyone wants to talk about and, unfortunately, fake news is coming out. That’s part of it, unfortunately.”

A number of players have been linked with departures from Old Trafford in January, including Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Dean Henderson. There have also been suggestions that Fred could consider leaving but the 28-year-old, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk for £47m in 2018, is adamant he’s not going anywhere.

“People kinda like fake news,” he added. “Right here [in England] There’s too much. These days I’ve been using my Twitter account to talk about a story about me, which was in the papers and all, saying I wanted to leave United. I had to say it’s a lie, I don’t know where they got that information from.”

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