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Man Utd fullback Telles: Just call Fred motorzinho

Manchester United fullback Alex Telles is delighted seeing Brazil teammate Fred gain recognition this week.

Fred was the matchwinner against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

“In Brazil, we call players like this motorzinhos," said Telles in United Review. “They are the team's engine, playing deep and looking to recover the ball.

“I think he had a key role in the game against Villarreal – the two goals we scored came from Fred's ball recoveries. We know how important he is for the team and I'm really happy for him."

Telles also labelled his team-mate as “fundamental" to United's structure and team balance.

“I'm biased, of course," he admitted. “As Fred's a great friend of mine off the pitch. But, on the pitch, I believe that Fred has a fundamental role within the team.

“He's a player with a quality that I like, he's someone who runs for the team. He doesn't just think about his own position, he thinks about the positioning of numerous other players, and he's always running and covering various positions."

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