United will fight to secure early Europa League qualification – Fred

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Solskjaer has revealed his plans for midfielder Fred

Manchester United midfielder Fred has said that the red devils will fight to secure an early Europa League qualification when they meet Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday.

United are top of Group L on seven points and will progress to the last 32 of the competition with a win over the Serbians.

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After our 1-0 victory at the Partizan stadium two weeks ago, a repeat in Manchester would mean Savo Milosevic’s side, currently third on four points, would be unable to catch us with two games remaining, due to our superior head-to-head record.

“It’s important that we always go after the win,” insisted the South American.

“It was a good game against Partizan. “They’re a quality team, they are very good, we felt, but we had a good game as well. We won 1-0 and played well.

“It’ll be no different here, it’s going to be a tough game as well, but we’ll go for the victory against a defensive team that play on the counter-attack, a fast team.

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“We have to take all the necessary precautions, but also get on the pitch and have a great game and get the win.”

If United successfully make their Europa League qualification this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have the chance to rest players for their final two group games against Astana on November 28 and AZ Alkmaar on December 12.

With the Reds faced with the prospect of nine games across three competitions during the final month of 2019, Fred feels rotation will be vital.

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“It will provide a bit of respite during the week, the team can rest,” the 26-year-old added.

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“It will also provide more opportunities for players to get a run of games, which is very important as we have a lot of games coming up and will need the entire squad, so to have already achieved qualification is important.

“With this run of games coming up, we’ll be gradually putting the pieces together over these fixtures.”

The Midfielder provided the assist for Mason Greenwood’s goal in their last home Europa League tie, against Astana in September, and his smile was irrepressible when he was asked how it feels to feature on the European stage at the Theatre of Dreams.

“Ah man, it’s marvellous, isn’t it? The fans there shouting and supporting us the entire time. Playing in Europe is great.

“As I’ve said, we need to recognise that it will be a tough game and go on the pitch to do our best. It’s important we do our best with the fans behind us as it will put us at ease. “This partnership between the fans and the team is important and I’m certain that it will be a special night and we’ll have a great game.”

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