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Unsung Hero: Fred finds form as Manchester United beat Norwich City at Carrow Road

Unsung Hero: Fred finds form as Manchester United beat Norwich City at Carrow Road

Manchester United recovered from their disastrous away form to sweep aside Norwich City 3-1 at Carrow Road. Indeed, there was a rare glimpse of form from one player, who has struggled at Old Trafford during his time at the club.

Scott McTominay scored the opening goal of the game and the club’s 2000th goal in the Premier League era with a strike early in the first-half (via BBC).

Marcus Rashford then had a penalty saved by Tim Krul after it was controversially awarded by VAR before he scored the side’s second goal.

Anthony Martial then had a second penalty saved before he too popped up with the third and final goal.

McTominay continued his rich vein of form with a superb performance in the middle of the park for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The Scotland international has now scored two goals in four league games after just two goals all of last season.

Martial also continued his brilliant form since his return from a thigh injury, scoring his second goal in just his third game back for the Red Devils. The north-west club have a 77% win percentage when the France international has started games during Solskjaer’s tenure (via Optus Sport).

However, it was Fred in the middle of the park, who followed up his performance at home to Liverpool with another brilliant display. Impressively, the player managed to win the second-most tackles as the 5 foot 5 midfielder proved monstrous.

However, the Brazil international also provided a cool head on the ball, attempting 45 passes as well as having never lost possession once for the side.

The Manchester Evening News agreed with this assessment as they gave him an eight out of 10, commenting on his all-round performance.

They said: “His best performance of the season, given the test of the fixture. His passing was purposeful, won a penalty and mucked in defensively.” (Source: Manchester Evening News)

Fred’s mixture of defensive solidity and clean passing showed he may just be on the way to proving he is worth the £52m that was paid for him in 2018.

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