Europa League: Fred warns Manchester United teammates
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Europa League: Fred warns Manchester United teammates

Manchester United midfielder Fred has warned his side to up their concentration levels ahead of the Europa League quarter-finals clash next week.

United advanced to the quarter-finals on Wednesday evening after beating LASK Linz 2-1 at Old Trafford to secure a 7-1 victory aggregate.  The Red Devils will now face FC Copenhagen over a single leg on Monday with a potential semi-final encounter set to take place on Sunday. 

Fred, who featured for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men during the midweek clash has warned his side about the difficulties of playing straight knockout matches in Europe.  

"I like playing all types of football, whether it’s a tournament or a points-based championship like the Premier League, but I think in tournaments you need to concentrate more," the midfielder told United Review.

"There are two important games and a single match in the final. You have to make sure you’re highly prepared, you can’t make a mistake." 

"In league football, you still have the chance to recover, you make a mistake and lose the game you can still recover later in the competition. In tournaments, if you lose a game by a certain margin of goals it’s difficult to come back. So you need to concentrate even more. I think that is what’s most important for us. That will be the biggest test."

United will be up against Copenhagen on Monday RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany.  

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