United's Fred started against Uruguay yesterday, playing in a more offensive style than we're used to seeing him in at United. The tactical change allowed him to play more in the final third, resulting in a fantastic assist for Paris Saint-Germain sensation Neymar.
He made an unexpected revelation regarding the shift in position after the game.
“Very happy for the victory, a great game. It was one of the best matches I played for the national team, participating a little more in the attack,” he told UOL, via Sport Witness.
“When it comes to defending, don’t lose the ball, and press, defending well. It was a great game for everyone. I’m very happy.
“We talk a lot about this role of second defensive midfielder. In Europe, you say it’s a box-to-box. You participate in the ball getting out and are able to participate more in the attack. If you lose the ball at the front, you’re already there to challenge for the ball. I really like to play like this. I prefer it, my ideal position is to get more involved in the attack.”