Rivaldo has urged fellow Brazilian Fred to not give up on his Manchester United career despite a difficult debut campaign.
After an impressive five-year stint with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, Fred completed a €59m transfer to United last summer. Head coach Jose Mourinho even started him for their opening three matches.
But the 26-year-old struggled to make an impact in the United midfield, which prompted Mourinho to drop him.
And things didn’t improve either for Fred when the Red Devils replaced Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In the end, he featured in just 13 of the Norwegian coach’s 29 matches in charge last term.
This has prompted talk that the Brazil international may cut his Old Trafford stay short this summer. However, Rivaldo challenged him to remain and prove his worth to Solskjaer and United instead.
“Things haven’t been easy for Fred at Manchester United and some people say he should find another club. But I disagree with that,” he told Betfair.
“He is a good player who needs to be patient and keep working hard to earn a starting position in the United midfield.
“I don’t think leaving would solve his problems, and it would be preferable to stay and keep fighting for his place.”
Fred has yet to make a start in any of United’s five pre-season games, with just three substitute appearances to his name.
Reports have linked the former Shakhtar star with a season-long move to Turkish giants Galatasaray. Fotomac claimed that there had been “positive talks” between the player and club.
Apparently, United could sanction a loan move to allow Fred the opportunity to rediscover his best form away from the pressure at Old Trafford.
New AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is also allegedly keen on signing Fred this summer. The duo worked together at Shakhtar, where the Brazilian managed eight goals and 11 assists in 66 appearances under the Portuguese coach.