United play Tottenham on Monday Night Football at Old Trafford
Fred thinks the red devils need to beat Spurs in just their third game of the season to show they can win the Premier League title.
United suffered a surprise defeat against Brighton last weekend, an early setback for Jose Mourinho’s side, especially as rivals Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea all have 100 per cent records.
Spurs travel to Old Trafford on Monday night, live on Sky Sports Premier League, and a victory is key for Fred, who joined the club in the summer, as United look to prove they can compete for top spot in the league.
“It’s a very important game,” Fred told Sky Sports News in an exclusive interview.
“This week we’ve been working, focusing on this game, we want to go out and get the win in front of our home fans.
“We know Tottenham are a great team but we need to get the win if we are to aspire to win the league.”
“The Premier League is a great league and there are a lot of great teams and Brighton were better than Man United,” he said.
“They got early goals which we didn’t manage to achieve, we improved but unfortunately this wasn’t enough for a win or a draw.
“Going into the next game we want to be focused and we want to win so we can stay in the race for the title.”
Fred was Mourinho’s most expensive signing, joining for a fee in the region of £52m plus bonuses on a five-year deal, during a quiet transfer window, and he has enjoyed learning from his new manager at Old Trafford.