‘We should be in the Champions League every year as we are a massive club’: Fred issues rallying cry to Manchester United team-mates ahead of final day showdown with top four rivals Leicester City
Fred insists nothing less than Champions League qualification will do for Manchester United ahead of the final day clash with fellow top four contenders Leicester City.
The Red Devils head into Sunday’s game knowing they will compete in Europe’s premier competition next season if they can avoid defeat at the King Power Stadium.
However, a win for the Foxes would see Brendan Rodgers’ side leapfrog United.
Fred has looked re-energised after a challenging start to life at Old Trafford, making 45 appearances this term. Now the Brazilian has urged his team-mates to produce a strong performance when it matters most.
‘They’re a very, very good team and we respect them,’ Fred told the official Manchester United club website.
‘They’ve got great players, lots of really good players and top goal scorers. As I said before, we are going to respect them but also, we’re going into the game to win.
‘As a club we should be in the Champions League every year as we’re a massive club, so to be back in the Champions League is really important for us players, it’s also important for the club.
‘It’s what the players and the club deserve and it will be great to be back in the Champions League next season and we will look to win the Champions League next season.’
Harry Maguire will return to the King Power Stadium for the first time since completing his £80million move in August 2019, and Fred believes the United captain will have extra motivation to succeed in the winner-takes-all encounter.
‘It must be a great feeling for him because he’ll be going back to see his old team-mates,’ he said. ‘He was there for a long time, so he must have some strong friendships there and so it must be good feeling.
‘But today he’s representing Manchester United and as we’ve said he will be doing his everything to avoid us conceding and come away with the win.’
Elsewhere in the race for Champions League qualification, Chelsea head into the final day behind United on goal difference and one point in front of Leicester before their home clash with Wolves.