Roy Keane is anticipating a strong showing from Brazil at the World Cup but fears midfielder Fred represents their weak spot.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk player has been a divisive figure among the Old Trafford faithful ever since his £52million move back in the summer of 2018.
Despite certain limitations to his game, Fred has remained a key player under Brazil national team manager Tite and is expected to play a prominent role in the Selecao’s hopes of winning a first World Cup since 2002.
Keane is looking forward to seeing some of Brazil’s attacking flair players in action in and admits he has always held of a soft spot for the nation that has provided some of the sport’s most flamboyant players over the years.
Asked by Micah Richard which team he was most looking forward to watching at the World Cup, Keane told Sky Bet: ‘You know what, I go back when I was obviously a child growing up and you always have a soft spot for Brazil.
‘I want to see how well Brazil are going to do, I’ve got a strong feeling for them.
‘I think they’re obviously going to go to the knockout stages and I fancy some of the players they have, they’ve got brilliant goalkeepers. So, I’m looking forward to seeing Brazil.’
When his former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville pointed out that Brazil’s engine room would comprise of Fred and his new club colleague Casemiro, Keane couldn’t help but scoff.
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He said: There you go. It’s the weak spot!. But they’ve got other players who can cover that.’
Talisman Neymar represents one such player and the PSG captain earlier this week launched a surprise defence of another United player, Jadon Sancho, who failed to make Gareth Southgate’s squad.
‘I believe the favourites are Argentina, Germany, Spain and France,’ Neymar told The Telegraph. ‘I think those four along with Brazil are fully capable of reaching the final.’
‘I really forgot about England but obviously they have a chance!’ Neymar said. ‘I really like (Harry) Kane and (Jadon) Sancho.
‘They’re two incredible players and I have a special love for them because I like players that have their qualities.’
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