Gilberto Silva explains why Fred makes him think of Brazilian hero who struggled at Manchester United

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Tue, 29/11/2022
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Gilberto Silva, a World Cup-winning midfielder, hailed the Brazilian's performance by equating Kleberson, an ex-teammate, with Fred of Manchester United. Brazil's initial World Cup group game against Serbia ended in a 2-0 victory for Brazil, and Fred came off the bench. He was given an opportunity in the second game because to Tite's decision to start an extra midfielder against Switzerland.

Gilberto started the championship game as the senior centre midfielder because Emerson hurt himself before the competition. Gilberto was a regular during Brazil's 2002 victory. Gilberto likened his teammate Kleberson to Brazil's Fred and teammate Casemiro from United for the Yokohama final.

Gilberto recalled how Casemiro and Fred and Kleberson almost had the same level of on-the-field togetherness. He recalled that Casemiro is more relaxed like Gilberto, and Fred is more mobile like Kleberson. According to Gilberto, if they continue working together, they may win the World Cup this year. It will be interesting to watch how they handle it for the benefit of the team.

Brazil will play without Neymar for the next two games as a result of the talisman's injury in the opening match. Although the Paris Saint-Germain star has been heavily utilised by Tite's team, Casemiro believes the group possesses enough attacking talent to succeed with or without him.

Without mentioning Neymar, he praised all the other team members for their efforts this season. Brazil can almost certainly win the group if they defeat Switzerland in their second game on Monday because Serbia and Cameroon drew in the day's first game.