Fred backed Manchester United team-mate Alejandro Garnacho to become ‘one of the best players in the world’ after the teenage starred in the comeback FA Cup win over West Ham.
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Erik ten Hag’s side came from a goal behind to beat West Ham 3-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and keep their quadruple hopes alive.
It appeared as though United’s exertions in last weekend’s EFL Cup final would come at a cost as Said Benrahma put West Ham in front shortly after half-time.
But the EFL Cup winners equalised with 15 minutes remaining thanks to a Nayef Aguerd own goal, before late strikes from Garnacho and Fred completed the turnaround and put the tie to bed.
Currently third in the Premier League and through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, Manchester United could yet win four trophies in Ten Hag’s first season at the club.
Fred says he is ‘proud’ to part of a rejuvenated United squad and has revealed he has high hopes for Garnacho, who made his 29th first-team appearance in the victory over West Ham.
‘I’m proud to be a part of this squad because everyone is ready to work, to change the game, and it was a big win today,’ Fred told Manchester United’s official website.
‘We played very well after we conceded, we came back and won this game. It’s important, we need to keep going.
‘Garnacho had a very good game today, a good score, and he had nice play. He’s a young player. He will be one of the best players in the world, for sure. Today, he scored and played well and he needs to keep going.’
Despite going behind against West Ham and feeling the effects of Sunday’s EFL Cup final win over Newcastle United, Fred ‘always’ believed’ the Red Devils would come back to progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
‘Always [I believed we’d win],’ he said. ‘We need to believe because we have a good team, good players, we have strong players up front but also at the back as well.
FA Cup quarter-final draw
Manchester City v Burnley
Manchester United v Fulham
Brighton & Hove Albion v Grimsby Town
Sheffield United v Blackburn Rovers
‘We need to believe every game. We conceded a goal today but we know we can score a goal because our [attack] is strong and we keep believing.’
Manchester United host Fulham in the next round of the FA Cup, while rivals Manchester City welcome Vincent Kompany’s Burnley to the Etihad.
The other two quarter-finals see Brighton face minnows Grimsby Town and Sheffield United take on fellow Championship club Blackburn Rovers.
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