It may have taken 148 days, but midfielder Fred finally got a start for Manchester United last night in the Europa League.
The Brazilian, who had been limited to a 23-minute cameo in the Premier League prior to last night’s clash against Kazakhstan Premier League outfit Astana, impressed many with his display at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old got the assist for Mason Greenwood’s second-half goal, which proved to be the decider as United ran out narrow 1-0 winners, and also registered the most touches, most passes, most recoveries and most chances created (per WhoScored), among other things throughout the game.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with Fred’s performance last night, saying after the game:
“He’s getting better and better, fitter and fitter and it’s great to see he’s confident enough on the ball.
“And he’s a tenacious little midfielder, he’s good on and off the ball. And he’ll come good for us.” (Via Manchester Evening News).
United fans were also buzzing with the South American’s performance, taking to Twitter to voice their opinions on the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder:
Fred – McTominay pivot with Pogba infront as a CAM, worth a go IMO.
— Ant (@Tpox2) September 19, 2019
Father Fred pic.twitter.com/G6Ki7NWcbH
— Moe (@wan_mata8) September 19, 2019
and hit the post from open play and had a shot on target from the free kick.. been saying this guy is a baller – yes the oppo wasnt great but he did it vs PSG, Barca, and in the PL towards the end of last season as well.
Fred Scott pivot Pogba #10 the way to go.
— Stelios (@_Steli0s) September 19, 2019
Fred McSauce Pogba midfield needed
— TheDevilsBrace 🔰 (@TheDevilsBrace) September 19, 2019
— SUNNY BAPNA (@SunnyBapna) September 19, 2019
Deserves to start against west ham. A Fred mctominay Pogba midfield would be unreal
— 🌽🐐 (@c0zyking) September 19, 2019
You are hurting Lingard. pic.twitter.com/uNlI55qnap
— Football Maniac (@rohitsharma303) September 20, 2019
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