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Unsung Hero: Manchester United’s Fred grows stronger in win over Brighton & Hove Albion

Unsung Hero: Manchester United’s Fred grows stronger in win over Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester United saw off the threat of Brighton & Hove Albion as they beat the Seasiders 3-1 with one player growing stronger and stronger for the Red Devils.

Andreas Pereira opened the scoring for the Old Trafford giants with a deflected effort after he was laid off by Anthony Martial (via Sky Sports).

Davy Propper then turned into his own net just two minutes later after Scott McTominay forced the Dutchman into turning it in.

Despite Graham Potter’s side pulling one back through Lewis Dunk, Marcus Rashford completed the scoring when he smashed the ball high into the net following a swift counter-attack.

McTominay proved to be the main man in midfield, completing the most amount of dribbles as he helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side transition from defence to attack (via WhoScored).

Martial’s return from injury couldn’t have been more of a boost for the Norwegian manager as the France international played the most key passes in a brilliant attacking display.

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However, it was Fred who was the unsung hero with his performance alongside McTominay in the centre of midfield.

The £22.5m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, Brazil international made the joint-fourth most tackles in the United team as he provided defensive quality to thwart any Brighton attack.

However, it was his ability to consistently keep the ball moving which was the standout feature of his game, playing the third-most passes in the final third for the north-west club.

The Mirror agreed with this assessment of Fred’s performance as they gave him a seven out of 10.

They said: “Snapped into tackles early on and made some key interceptions. Growing in influence.” (Source: The Mirror)

Manchester United fans, what did you make of Fred’s performance? Let us know your thoughts!

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