Let’s be honest, Fred’s Manchester United struggles have been evident. The Brazilian has been poor for the majority of his time at Old Trafford to date.
Perhaps he just needed to settle in and get used to living in an entirely new country. That’s only natural.
Recently, though, he has been drastically better. Against Paris Saint-Germain the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder was outstanding. He then backed that up with a super display against Arsenal – although he’ll be feeling low after giving away what was a ridiculously soft penalty.
Now, he has been speaking to the media and it’s fair to say Fred doesn’t agree with the refereeing decision:
“It wasn’t a penalty, I touched Lacazette on his upside on a normal game situation,” the Brazilian told ESPN after the game. “If it was in the middle of the field, I believe he wouldn’t whistle, but he decided to give the penalty.”
“I don’t agree with the refereeing decision.”
He’s right. It was harsh and I think Arsenal would have been bitterly disappointed if that decision went the other way.
That is football, though, and these things happen. I just hope that Fred doesn’t allow that to get the better of him. He has begun to show his worth and for Solskjaer, it’s just another option to utilise going forward.
It’s easy to forget that Fred is still only 25 and learning his trade. It’s only fair to give him one full season at least before we start to be overly critical, and if he keeps playing well, I’ve no doubt that he’ll continue to win over the fans and his teammates alike.
Keep your head up, Fred!