Whilst Manchester United were far from their best in Saturday’s early kick-off against AFC Bournemouth, one individual should have been on the receiving end of a little praise from some sections of the national media.
Of course, the defeat to the Cherries will have been hugely disappointing for the Red Devils as it appeared Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had started to begin a revival in some form, especially after back-to-back away wins against Norwich City and Chelsea earlier in the week.
However, what would have likely disappointed the Norwegian and the club’s supporters would have been the performance of their squad on the day, although conditions, perhaps, played a huge role in not allowing everyone to be on top of their game.
Manchester United appeared to find it extremely difficult to create anything of real substance against Eddie Howe’s side, although Mason Greenwood did have a great chance to steal a point late on when he hit the post (Sky Sports).
It is safe to say that many of the national media outlets did not feel particularly forgiven towards Solskjaer’s men when handing out some of their player ratings, however Fred’s did not appear to reflect his overall performance on the south coast.
Indeed, he did not have his best game for the Premier League giants by any stretch of the imagination, but his display certainly should have warranted better scores than he received.
According to the data collected by WhoScored, the Brazilain appeared to be the only player looking to do something with the ball and create opportunities for his team-mates to actually put the ball into the back of the net.
Fred managed to make three key passes, have four shots (although only one was on target), completed three dribbles. Additionally, he helped out defensively as well as the 26-year-old made three tackles, two tackles, two clearances whilst also blocking one shot from the Cherries.
Indeed, it appears WhoScored were impressed with his performance as they handed him a match rating of 7.51 (a rating better than anyone else in their side), although the national media were far harsher on him.
Admittedly, no-one for Manchester United really had a standout performance, however Fred’s was certainly a lot better than he was, perhaps, given any credit for.
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