Troy Deeney reveals Watford-targeted Man Utd star Fred is a weakness


Troy Deeney Says Watford Targeted Manchester United Midfielder Fred
The Hornets ended up losing 3-0 at Old Trafford in February (Photo: Getty)

Troy Deeney revealed that Watford players targeted Manchester United midfielder Fred in their recent Premier League clash, but praised the Brazilian for always trying to be positive.

The teams clashed in late February at Old Trafford, United winning 3-0 to avenge their loss at Vicarage Road, although the visitors had several excellent opportunities in the first half and thought they had scored only for VAR to exclude Deeney. effort.

The Watford skipper said the team felt they could seize opportunities during the break by pressing Fred – who had a great campaign – saying he had put too much time on the ball.

Asked about the players who made the difference for United in the second game, Deeney told The United Stand: “I thought Bruno [Fernandes] was very good, surprised me how good he was.

“I liked Fred – although he gives the ball a lot, he still wants it. So sometimes you see a player losing the ball and then he just goes to safety, back, left, right, it’s just like, “Okay, I lost it, but the next one.”

“Because we targeted it. We targeted him, not the manager, but on the field, he gave the ball two or three times and we said to ourselves “Let him have it and then we’re going to jump on him”.

“We probably got the ball four or five times in the first half. We tried to do it because we know he likes to take four or five keys instead of maybe doing both. “

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On the game itself, Deeney said, “3-0, I think so, but it was not a fair reflection of that, in reality.

“Our first half – it probably happened about four years in a row – every time I play Man United, I think, ‘How do we lose? “

“I’m not talking about this bad guy, but there are times when we beat you in terms of – you will always have possession – but the chances created, should have scored, we were better.” And then I say to myself: “Are we losing 1-0? What happened here? “

Deeney thought he had scored but the goal was ruled out by VAR (Photo: Getty)

“I think two things: we can probably get carried away, in a sense like,” It’s better than [we thought] so let’s be more aggressive ”and become a little lax on the defensive side.

“But you also have to look at the players that United have, you’re talking about levels in football. Martial, Rashford, Bruno, Iggy. Just look at who you’ve spent the money on, and in five years in the Prem, we’ve spent £ 30 million once. It doesn’t mean we can’t compete, it doesn’t mean you always get the right results when you buy big, but these are just levels. “

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