Roy Keane criticised Fred for his role in Southampton’s second goal against Manchester United.
The Reds were 1-0 down when Fred gave away a soft free-kick on the edge of the box that James Ward-Prowse curled into the top corner.
Although David de Gea got a hand on the ball, he was unable to keep it out. Speaking at half-time, while Keane admitted he felt De Gea should not have been beaten, he refused to be too critical of the goalkeeper.
Instead, he accused Fred of being lazy in the tackle and said the midfielder would have been warned about Ward-Prowse’s prowess from dead-ball situations pre-match, labelling the Southampton captain as one of the best free-kick takers in Europe.
Keane said: “I’d be more critical of Fred – Fred giving away the free-kick. I still don’t expect my goalkeeper to be beaten from there, I really don’t. It’s a fantastic set-piece, the pace he gets on it, the accuracy – he’s certainly one of the best in Europe at the moment from that situation.
“I’d be disappointed with my goalkeeper, but I’d be more disappointed with Fred for being really lazy and really sloppy. Giving away free-kicks in that area is like giving away a penalty. From United’s point of view, they’d have been told to not give daft free-kicks away.
“Corners can happen, obviously, you’ll take that, but the free-kick, if you look at Fred closely, I’ve been criticising him for years. My eyes don’t lie to me. Really poor decision, really lazy.”